Title: 'Strategies to Involve Parents in the Intervention Process'
Track: 3-Early Intervention and Beyond
Keyword(s): parents, listening, auditory, training, follow-up
Learning Objectives: Participants will learn to i) diagnose and analyze parent behaviors that interfere with intervention ii) implement strategies to develop skills and confidence in parents so that they can be effective facilitators for their child's communication


This presentation gives a range of behaviors typically seen in families reluctant to take on the role of facilitator for their child's communication, such as lack of follow through at home with activities. Participants will be given strategies to determine what will help parents become good facilitators, as well as how to evaluate and develop specific parent skills in providing auditory learning in the natural environment. Several brief case scenarios will be discussed to bring out parent difficulties as well as a discussion about possible solutions. This presentation is specific to infants/toddlers with hearing loss and deals with specifics about learning spoken language using listening. However, the strategies discussed could be applied to any family whose child is in early intervention for their communicative competence.
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Pratibha Srinivasan - SMART EARS
     Credentials: AuD. CCC-A , LSLS Cert.AVT
      Pratibha has over 30 years experience teaching children with hearing loss to listen and talk. This experience has been with infants, children and their families as well as school aged children. In 2008, she started SMART EARS, which provides professional training, consulting and therapy services for families and organizations, as well as a mentoring program for professionals pursuing the Listening and Spoken Language Certification. She is also the Founder and Director of Equal Voice for Deaf Children, a non-profit organization which provides a free online training program for parents of deaf children around the world. In addition, EVDC provides program development and professional training nationally and internationally, especially in areas where services are scarce.