Title: 'My Daddy Sleeps Loud!'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): fathers, rural, early intervention
Learning Objectives:
  1. identify 3 concerns/challenges faced by fathers when participating in their children's early intervention program.
  2. identify 3 strategies for facilitating fathers' participation in early intervention programs
  3. use information from the session to identify one action step to implement in supporting fathers' participation in early intevention programs.


Current literature has recognized the importance of fathers in the early intervention process and suggests that fathers can play and important role in the language and literacy development of their children with hearing loss. However, the unique contributions, needs, and responsibilities of fathers remain largely understudied. In addition, families often face unique challenges raising children with hearing loss in rural areas. These two factors are examined in the present participatory action research study. Fathers of children who are deaf or hard of hearing across North Dakota participated in local focus group discussions. The purpose of these discussions was to gather information regarding fathers’ perceptions of early intervention services, role descriptions, challenges, and suggestions for increasing and enhancing father participation in early intervention. Survey results are presented and implications for incorporating findings into early intervention service delivery programs are discussed.
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Holly Pedersen - POC,Co-Presenter
Minot State University
     Credentials: Director, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program
      Holly F. Pedersen, M.S., currently serves as the Director for the Deaf/hard of hearing education program in the Department of special education at Minot State University. Holly has 19 years of experience working with children and youth with disabilities in self-contained, residential and inclusionary public school programs. She has expertise in early intervention with children who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as in collaborative models of service provision for students with disabilities in rural areas.

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Cory MacIver - Co-Presenter
Minot Public Schools
     Credentials: Educator, Parent
      Cory MacIver is the parent of 2 daughters, the oldest of which has hearing and vision loss. Cory lives in Minot with his wife, Kara. The MacIvers are active in North Dakota's EHDI project and other state efforts to related to serving children with hearing loss and vision loss.

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