Title: 'Language Outcomes of Children from Spanish-Speaking Families: A Multi-State Perspective'
Track: 9 - Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement
Keyword(s): Language outcomes; Spanish, NECAP
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the National Early Childhood Assessment Project (NECAP)
  2. Characterize the language outcomes of children with hearing loss who are from Spanish-speaking homes
  3. List factors associated with more successful language outcomes


Many early intervention programs across the United States serve families who speak Spanish as their primary language. For a variety of reasons, the children from these families may differ in their language development when compared to hearing children from Spanish-speaking families or children with hearing loss from English-speaking families. In this presentation, we will describe the demographic characteristics and language outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing from Spanish-speaking families. In addition we will examine factors (such as age of identification, degree of hearing loss, and parents’ level of education) that are predictive of more successful language outcomes. This information will be based on over 300 assessments obtained from eight different states that are participating in the National Early Childhood Assessment Project (NECAP).
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Allison Sedey - POC,Primary Presenter,Author
University of Colorado-Boulder
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CCC-A
     Other Affiliations: Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
      Allison Sedey is a speech pathologist, audiologist, and research associate. She works for the University of Colorado-Boulder and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind tracking speech and language outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing between birth and 3 years of age throughout the state of Colorado. She is currently managing a project (NECAP) that involves establishing a national database of language outcomes for children with hearing loss from birth to 4. As part of this project she is assisting interested states in implementing statewide outcomes assessment.

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Christine Yoshinaga-Itano - Co-Presenter,Author
University of Colorado-Boulder
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-A, CED
     Other Affiliations: Marion Downs Center, Institute of Cognitive Science
      Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano is a Research Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, faculty of the Institute of Cognitive Science, Center for Neurosciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology at the University of Colorado, Denver and the Marion Downs Center. In 1996 she developed the Marion Downs National Center. Since 1996, Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano has assisted many state departments of education and public health agencies, schools for the deaf and blind, and early intervention programs throughout the United States and its territories. In addition, she has served as a consultant for many countries currently developing their early hearing detection and intervention programs, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Korea, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, Philippines, and South Africa.

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Mallene Wiggin - Co-Presenter,Author
University of Colorado-Boulder
     Credentials: M.A., CCC-SLP
      Mallene Wiggin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of the Pacific. She continued her studies at University of Kansas and earned her Master of Arts degree in Speech Pathology. Mallene specialized in children with hearing impairment and worked in cochlear implant centers, early intervention, and educational settings prior to returning to pursue her Ph.D. at University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research interests include speech, language and auditory development in young children with cochlear implants.

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