Title: 'Helping Families Accept Technology'
Track: 7 - Family Perspectives and Support
Keyword(s): Family support, technology, counseling
Learning Objectives:
  1. Attendees will identify reasons that families have difficulty accepting technology
  2. Attendees will be able to develop a plan for assisting families in accepting technology
  3. Attendees will be able to identify strategies for assisting families and children in accepting and appropriately using technology


For children with hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language skills it is essential that they have appropriate technology and wear it consistently. Without technology, it is not possible to develop the auditory cortex. Development of the auditory cortex is a major factor for both language and literacy. It is critical that families understand why technology is important and how to use it appropriately. When parents resist the use of technology, it is not usually because they are uncomfortable with technology. Today's parents have computers, cell phones and know technology well. It is about accepting hearing loss and understanding what technology can do. This presentation will discuss factors that affect families accepting technology and adjusting to it's use. We will also discuss assisting children in accepting and understanding their technology as they grow. The presentation will present suggestions for the audiologist, early interventionist, and speech-language pathologist in assisting families in maximizing technology use.
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Handouts: Handout_1167JaneMadell.pdf
Jane Madell - Primary Presenter
     Credentials: PhD
      Jane Madell, Ph.D., is a leader and known worldwide for her outstanding contributions to the field of audiology and pediatric hearing loss. She has been a Pediatric Audiologist for almost 50 years. Jane has contriubted to numerous text books and articles, presented at countless conferences, and been issued high awards for her work. She directed the Audiology program at the League for the Hard of Hearing for 21 years; was the Director of the Hearing and Learning Center and Co-Director of Cochlear Implant Center at Beth Israel Medical Center and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary for 25 years. Jane consults and lectures nationally and internationally on hearing loss in infants and children and assists in program development.

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