Title: 'From Knowing to Doing: Unleashing the Power of Role Play'
Track: 8 - EHDI Workforce Issues
Keyword(s): workforce, professional learning, role play
Learning Objectives:
  1. Compare and contrast traditional professional development lecture formats with engaging role play activities
  2. Outline the six components of well designed and effective role play activities
  3. Create a plan for utilizing role play to meet work force needs back home


Learning has not taken place until behavior has changed. It’s not what you know, but what you do with what you know that counts. That’s why skill practice is so important in training sessions if we want people to do things differently. (Pike, 2002 p.6) When executed properly, the use of role play in the ongoing training of the EDHI workforce can be an energizing and versatile tool that results in powerful outcomes for the retention and application of best practices in Early Intervention services. Assuming roles and simulating exchanges assists in transforming knowledge into skills in any one of a number of real-life scenarios: training screeners to communicate a sense of urgency to parents after a “refer” result before leaving the hospital, preparing for a “crucial conversation” with UNHS stakeholders, leading an effective team meeting, or creating engaging professional learning opportunities for early interventionists. This high impact presentation will outline 6 essential steps for planning and implementing effective role play activities. This comprehensive learning activity will comprise three component parts: first, participants will build knowledge by viewing video examples of each of the elements of role play as essential steps are shared. Second, attendees will observe and debrief one “live” role play activity in which steps from “Defining Objectives” to “Concluding Discussion” will be systematically elaborated upon. Finally, in small job-alike groups, participants will have the opportunity to apply new information about role play in the design of an authentic activity that would assist in fully engaging their “learners” back in the home workplace. In so doing, they will increase the possibility of having more successful strategic conversations and providing higher impact professional training so that the ultimate goal of improving opportunities for young children with hearing loss and their families have a greater chance of becoming a reality.
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Mary Ellen Nevins - POC,Co-Presenter
     Credentials: Ed.D. Director, Auditory-Based Intervention
     Other Affiliations: Consultant to Project ASPIRE at University of Chicago
      Mary Ellen Nevins, Ed.D., is a Professor and the Director of Auditory-Based Intervention at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Nevins is an experienced teacher of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and the former Director of PPCI, a continuing education program for speech and hearing professionals housed at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Nevins is recognized as a national expert on the educational issues facing children who are deaf or hard of hearing especially those using listening technologies to learn to listen and talk.

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Kathleen Sussman - Co-Presenter,Author
The Weingarten Children's Center
     Credentials: M.Sc.
      Kathy Sussman is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Hearing Research in California that operates the The Weingarten Children's Center and The CCHAT Center. She serves as faculty for San Jose State University Specialty Track in Speech Pathology. Ms Sussman is a Past President of the AG Bell Association.

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Teresa Caraway - Co-Presenter,Author
Hearing First
     Credentials: PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
      Dr. Teresa Caraway, CEO of the educational endeavor of the Oberkotter Foundation to improve outcomes for children and their families through family and professional support and learning. She is the Founder and President of Learning Innovation Associates, and the Founder of Hearts for Hearing. A Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, Dr. Caraway served as the founding President of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and as a founding board member of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. She has previously served as a Director of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, and Auditory-Verbal International. She has been recognized by her peers for outstanding clinical skills. A former Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Caraway is an international consultant and skillful workshop presenter on teaching spoken language through listening.

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