Title: 'Contact between Audiologists and Families: Close Encounters of the Parent Kind '
Track: 2-Audiological Assessment and Intervention
Audience: Primary Audience: Audiologist
Secondary Audience: Part C Agency/Program
Tertiary Audeince: Medical Provider
Keyword(s): audiology; family issues
Learning Objectives: Identify strategies to infuse family support into audiological processes Formulate strategies to assist the audiologist in providing family-focused clinical practices


Client or patient and family encounters form the crux of the audiologist/family relationship. Meeting the needs of families when they are perhaps at their most vulnerable remains an often allusive, occasionally daunting and ultimately rewarding challenge, even in the hands of the most seasoned diagnostician. Management of hearing loss in children would be an easier task if it could be broken down into discreet steps beginning with diagnosis, counseling, moving onto the fitting of amplification, and finally referral to early intervention. In the “cook book” version of this scenario, the audiologist would complete the tests, counsel the family on the “verdict” of the tests, assign a follow-up appointment and make the required referral to the state early intervention program. While these steps are important, the overlap and interrelationship of each component cannot be discounted and to do so fails to recognize the role of the Audiologists as a multi-faceted, evolving process. In addition, discrete steps discount the ever changing needs of families. This session will focus on a more experiential-focused scenario in which the overriding responsibility of the audiologist becomes assisting the family in understanding the diagnosis and in the garnering and investigation of resources--physical, emotional and family-specific--in order to promote sound decision making.
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Handouts: Not Available
Patti Martin - Arkansas Children's Hospital
     Credentials: Ph.D. CCC-A F-AAA
     Other Affiliations: NCHAM
      Patti Martin, Ph.D., is the Director of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Her areas of expertise include infant screening/assessment, family support and program development. Her efforts with infant hearing screening began with a collaboration project to investigate the efficacy of TEOAEs as a newborn screening tool in the early 1990s and continue through her work on the board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Special Interest Division on Childhood Hearing Disorders and as the Family Support Consultant for NCHAM. She has chaired the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology, the Arkansas Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, Tracking and Intervention Boardand the Natinoal Investing in Family Support Conference for the past four years. Dr. Martin’s ongoing passion centers around how professionals can help support families in improving the outcomes of children with hearing loss.
Diane Sabo - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-A; F-AAA
     Other Affiliations: NCHAM
      Diane L. Sabo, Ph.D. is the Director of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Communication Disorder) at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Associate Professor, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh. She has over 25 years of clinical work with infants and children, particularly in the area of the electrophysiologic evaluation of the auditory system. Her research interest is in the physiologic evaluation of infants and children using evoked potentials and otoacoustic emissions with special emphasis on the screening of newborns for hearing loss.