Title: 'Parent Perspectives: Evaluating Progress in Parents and Children'
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): parent support, parent perspective, evaluating progress
Learning Objectives:
  1. 1) Participants will be able to list a series of questions that will inform them about parent perspectives.
  2. 2) Participants will be able to identify topics of interest to parents related to hearing loss and enhancing communication.
  3. 3) Participants will be able to state at least three important skills and three important areas of knowledge that parents need to be effective advocates for their children.


Children with hearing loss are being identified at a very young age which has allowed early interventionists to provide support to parents for an extended period of time through EHDI programs. The combination of support to parents and service to children has had a great impact on the overall progress of those children. At the Moog Center for Deaf Education we are not only monitoring the progress of the children, but we are asking parents to evaluate the progress of their own skills related to supporting their child with hearing loss. Using a questionnaire, adapted from the Scale of Parental Involvement and Self-Efficacy (SPISE) For Young Children with Hearing Loss developed by DesJardin at House Ear Institute, we are tracking parents’ perspectives on their own progress and are better able to address a parent’s strengths and challenges regarding his/her ability to support his/her child. Knowledge of a variety of topics and assessment of a variety of skills are being rated to help professionals provide support to parents to enhance their knowledge and skills. This presentation will address the areas being rated on the questionnaire, as well as, provide suggestions for strategies to support parents in each of these areas. Some of the areas included are: the ability to use activities and strategies at home to help one’s child learn communication skills, the ability to capitalize on daily routines to help one’s child’s develop communication skills, and the ability to explain the child’s hearing loss and the impact of the hearing loss on language development. The full questionnaire will be presented, as well as parent comments related to how early interventionists help parents learn best, and statements from parents about preferred support techniques. This presentation will provide opportunities for participant comments.
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Betsy Moog Brooks - POC,Primary Presenter
The Moog Center for Deaf Education
     Credentials: MS Speech and Hearing Deaf and Hearing Impaired K-12 Behavioral Disorder K-12 Learning Disabled K-12 Early Childhood Education B-3 Council on Education of the Deaf Missouri Early Intervention Credentialed Provider Illinois Early Intervention Credentialed Provider Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Cert. AVEd
     Other Affiliations: AG Bell
      Betsy Moog Brooks is the Executive Director of the Moog Center for Deaf Education. She received her Masters degree in Speech and Hearing from Washington University and is certified in Deaf Education, Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Early Childhood Education and is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. She has been has been in the field of early intervention for more than 30 years. She created a Toddler Curriculum and a Language Curriculum which are used in all Certified Moog Programs. Betsy is the author of the book, My Baby and Me: A Book About Teaching Your Child to Talk. She has lectured throughout the US, South America, and Europe. Betsy continues to provide direct child service and parent support to families with children birth to three. In addition, she is currently pursuing her Educational Doctorate with an emphasis in Andragogy, the study of adult learners.

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