Title: 'Establishing a model early intervention "Sister City" Project with the Pingalwara Orphanage in India'
Track: 4-Medical Home
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Keyword(s): medical home, pediatric provider training
Learning Objectives: 1. Pingalwara’s services for deaf and hard of hearing children – a 10 year perspective 2. India’s Cultural views of deafness and emotional responses from parents in this rural area 3. Pingalwara’s existing services for Early identification and intervention and plans for the coming years 4. Pingalwara’s Teacher training experiences and our consultation design for introducing: a. play-based early intervention b. parent education and support services c. creating a thematic based curriculum d. assessment strategies e. amplification and intervention therapies f. community awareness and acceptance 5. Discussions about challenges Pingalwara faces for including parents in a child’s education and outcomes achieved through this cultural exchange and consultation 6. Discussion of extending this project to include a team from Pingalwara to visit CEID for 3-4 weeks, shadowing our teachers, speech therapists, home visits specialists, audiologists, occupational therapists and developmental pediatrician to see first hand the practices we use to maximize a child’s potentials


The Center for Early Intervention on Deafness, CEID, located in Berkeley, California has been working with the Home of Hope for the last several years to create a “Sister City” project that will increase and enhance educational services to professionals working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing. In February 2010 CEID met and worked with the teachers at the Pingalwara Orphanage in India. Pingalwara is a residential orphanage for children with special needs, including 63 deaf children ages 5-18. Teachers at Pingalwara, along with early childcare teachers in the surrounding villages, participated in an informational exchange and training seminar, including a shared discussion of family dynamics and cultural views of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, existing service delivery options, educational curriculum and goals, expectations for student outcomes and vocational training options. Most recently in January of 2010, OAE equipment was purchased and a full time audiologist was hired to begin implementing an early education program in Pingalwara. CEID’s team met with their audiologist and provided guidance in establishing objectives for creating their new early intervention service delivery system. CEID also presented to Medical Providers from the local hospital to learn about EHDI goals, materials, and programs, federal legislation and the importance of the provider’s participation early intervention. This Presentation will share information gained by this cultural exchange, along with plans for future partnership interactions.
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