Title: 'We Are All Atypical:Celebrating Individuals and Families in EHDI'
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): art of intervention, engaging families
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will describe aspects of EHDI systems (from screening to intervention)that can be shaped to support the individual characteristics of a child and family.
  2. Participants will identify the strengths of a child, a family, a community and supporting professionals that can build toward success of a young child who is deaf or hard of hearing.
  3. Participants will compare and contrast expected child outcomes with family stories presented.


This fast-paced panel discussion detailing journeys through EHDI by a group of diverse parents with high achieving children is designed to highlight the individual in the system. The facilitator, an experienced early interventionist, teacher, and speech-language pathologist, along with the panelists will assist participants in seeing beyond the audiogram or chosen communication option(s) to appreciate individual strengths of a family that can be tapped to help a child succeed. Parents from a variety of geographic locations, backgrounds, and with a range of children’s ages/amplification/communication choices will share their insights about what worked in the EHDI system for their child and family. Opportunities for professionals and parents in the audience to share unique stories will be encouraged.
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Denise Davis-Pedrie - POC,Primary Presenter
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
     Credentials: M.A. CCC-Sp. Speech/Language/Hearing Pathologist
     Other Affiliations: Colorado EDHI Regional Team member
      Denise Davis-Pedrie is a speech-language pathologist and teacher of the deaf with a specialist certification in Infant/Toddler Special Education. She is a Colorado Hearing Resource Coordinator with the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, supporting families with newly identified children, birth to three years of age. Additionally, Denise has more than 20 years of experience as a preschool teacher for children with hearing loss in an inclusive classroom. Denise is a member of the Board of Directors for Colorado Families for Hands and Voices.

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Sara Kennedy - POC,Co-Presenter
Colorado Hands & Voices
     Credentials: Director
     Other Affiliations: OT
      Sara is a mom of four children, including a daughter who was born at home and later identified with a profound hearing loss. An occupational therapist by training, Sara has worked for Hands & Voices since 2000, currently serving as the Colorado chapter director and the editor for the quarterly newspaper, the Communicator, at the Headquarters level. Sara has a special interest in advocating for hearing screening in the homebirth community. She was a coauthor for the handbook Bridge to Preschool: Navigating a Successful Transition as well as articles and presentations on teaching our deaf/hh children about sex, promoting self advocacy, progressive hearing loss, and the decision process regarding cochlear implants. She finds parenting teenagers to be an even bigger challenge.

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