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Self-Guided Learning

Purpose

Prepare early care and education providers to successfully implement evidence-based Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening and follow-up practices. This practical, hands-on self-guided learning process includes content divided across 4 learning sessions and is intended for individuals serving in programs that are committed to providing OAE hearing screening to young children. After completing the 4 learning sessions participants will be able to:

  1. Plan and implement an OAE hearing screening program
  2. Explain how OAE screening works
  3. Conduct OAE screenings on young children
  4. Outline the necessary follow-up steps when a child does not pass the OAE screening
  5. Access resources for tracking children through the completion of the OAE screening and follow-up protocol
  6. Access additional tools and resources that support successful OAE hearing screening program development and quality improvement

It is strongly recommended that participants in the self-guided learning process screen as many children as possible after completing the last learning session. Implementing program-wide screening following the learning process is optimal so that the skills acquired during the sessions can be applied and reinforced immediately.

About Self-Guided Learning

The Self-Guided Learning approach will walk you through 4 Learning Sessions that will cover Video Tutorial Modules 1 - 11 and the accompanying Implementation Tools. Within each Learning Session there are 3 types of activities:

  1. View the Video Tutorial Modules
  2. Complete a hands-on practice exercise
  3. Complete a brief, online practice exercise report to receive a Certificate of Completion. A Certificate will be emailed to you after submission of each report and a final Certificate is will be emailed upon completion of the entire 4-part series.

Before you start

Make sure you have fully operational OAE equipment available for use during your learning process.

If at all possible, identify a local pediatric audiologist or other individual with experience conducting OAE screening with young children who can assist you through your learning process.

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