Title: 'Innovative Technology Approach in Early Start: Meeting the Cognitive Developmental Needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Ages 0-5 Years'
Track: 3-Early Intervention and Beyond
Audience: Primary Audience: Audiologist
Secondary Audience: Part C Agency/Program
Tertiary Audeince: Hospital/Birthing Center<
Keyword(s): Early communication, Early intervention, Early Interactions
Learning Objectives: How to empower parents with the tools to cultivate and to prepare their Deaf/HH toddlers to meet Pre-K National standards with bilingual proficiency? Creating collaboration between medical, auditoric, and educational professionals to work together focusing on cognition development needs of Deaf/HH children.


Deaf Education has existed in America for over 190 years and yet the national averages show that deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children are not reading and writing at age appropriate level. Maybe our approach to supporting families with DHH infants need to be revisited. EHDI is now effectively detecting and following up with families and guiding parents on Auditory treatment and speech training without dual language development plan. These popular methodologies most often suggested by professionals are often chosen by families, however, their national reading and writing scores still remain below average. Research has begun to identify unique learning foundation needs of DHH children. The Dual Language pedagogy proves to be a successful method for bilingual speaking children. Can we learn from this proven method? What would happen if we gave every DHH child every possible chance to succeed and access education by providing equal practice in visual language (playing to their sensory strength) as well as innovative auditory training supported by visual awareness? Could we prepare DHH children to meet the pre-K standards with dual language skills? Can we close the gap between clinical and education approaches through the use of innovative technology supporting families’ treatment choices and language development plan? Can we set aside our opinions and philosophies and honor the rights of DHH children to communicate and learn? Participants of this session will explore these issues, gain an understanding of the Dual Language approach and how it applies to Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Geared towards clinical professionals, educators and families who feel and believe strongly about one approach/choice/method or the other.
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Terrylene Sacchetti - Clerc's Children Inc.
     Credentials: Parent|CEO|Visionary
     Other Affiliations: IMPACT Board Member
      Terrylene Sacchetti is the founder and CEO of Clerc’s Children Inc.  Terrylene is a successful entrepreneur, a leader, a motivator, a communicator. She has 20 years of experience in managing numerous special projects and 24 years in media. Her inspiration for this business comes from her experience as a product of deaf education and countless experiences helping families with deaf children.  Terrylene is a powerful advocate and a visionary with a stake in this curriculum as a mother of two kids who benefited from innovative language immersion in bilingual exposure and development. Terrylene previously founded and ran a not-for-profit organization, Deaf Arts Council for five years, in which she implemented programs and wrote a three-year curriculum serving DHH children. She secured a Department of Education grant of $350,000 & in-kind donation of $500,000 from film studios in Hollywood to fund this project.
Dr. Rachel St. John, Pediatrician - AAP, D.C. Chapter EHDI Representation
     Credentials: MD, NCC
     Other Affiliations: Asst. Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Georgetown University Hospital, AAP D.C. Chapter EHDI Rep., DC Hears
      Rachel St. John was the founder and director of the Kids Clinic for the Deaf at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.  She served as the director of the KCD since its inception in 2002 through 2009, and specialized in providing an accessible pediatric medical home for families with Deafness.  She also holds an MA degree in counseling from Gallaudet University, and holds national certification in counseling. Currently, Dr. St. John is the American Academy of Pediatrics Washington DC Chapter representative for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program for the past 5 years.  She has been a member of the DC HEARS Advisory Board and Committee on Intervention since 2006. Dr. St. John received the 2008 External Collaborator Award from Gallaudet University, which is given “in recognition of major contributions to the Gallaudet University Community, and in particular, to the students of the Department of Counseling, throughout the years.”