Title: 'Supporting Spoken Language Outcomes through Collaborative Partnerships '
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): collaboration, technology, mentoring, system building,
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe a comprehensive model for effective collaboration to support listening and spoken language in early intervention programs
  2. Identify the benefits of establishing a program utilizing mentoring and consultants to build capacity


Early intervention programs nation-wide are faced with the challenge of serving increasing numbers of children, birth- age three, who are deaf and hard of hearing, whose families have selected a listening and spoken language approach and realizing that they do not have enough qualified providers to meet this need. Many providers may be comfortable working with toddlers, but express the need for additional support when working with infants and their families. The Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP) has partnered with the Listen Foundation to develop a comprehensive collaborative model that includes mentoring of early intervention providers, supporting families, developing resources, and providing trainings to close this gap and provide effective intervention statewide for families who have chosen a spoken language approach. A key component of this initiative is the establishment of the position of Oral Communication Consultant, a highly qualified professional who is available to mentor early intervention providers and supply consultation with individual families. Program satisfaction, from the perspecitve of both families and providers who have utiized this service, will be shared.
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Dinah Beams - POC,Co-Presenter
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
     Credentials: M.A.
     Other Affiliations: Colorado Home Intervention Program
      Dinah Beams is the program coordinator for the Colorado Home Intervention Program (CHIP), a statewide, in-home, family-centered early intervention program for families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing that is part of the Outreach Department of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB). Previous experience includes working as an Outreach Specialist at Beginnings for Parents of Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in North Carolina and as both a classroom and itinerant teacher in Colorado. Dinah is the author of the CHIP Parent Manual and the Curriculum for Sign Language Instructors, and co-developer of materials for the Integrated Reading Project, part of CSDB’s Early Literacy Development Initiative for young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dinah also serves on the board for Colorado Families for Hands and Voices.

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Nanette Thompson - Co-Presenter,Author
Marion Downs Hearing Center
     Credentials: M.S., CCC-SLP, Cert AVT
     Other Affiliations: Rocky Mountain Cochlear Implant Center Listen Foundation
      Nanette Thompson is a speech-language pathologist and an LSLS certifed auditory-verbal therapist. She has a Masters in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas and has specialized in working with deaf and hard of hearing children and their families for 20 years. Nanette works closely with the Marion Downs Hearing Center and the Rocky Mountain Cochlear Implant Center providing diagnostic services and weekly speech, language, and listening therapy to families, children, and adults. She conducts functional listening evaluations with children and adults to assist and help guide audiologists to next steps with programming, equipment, and adjustments. She provides training and mentoring to many professionals throughout the state of Colorado in the areas of auditory skill development, language expansion, and speech production. Nan also works with the Colorado Home Intervention Program as a facilitator and as an Oral Communication Consultant.

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