Title: 'Marion Downs Hearing Center’s (MDHC’s) Teen Program: Evaluating Student Outcomes and Assessing the Curriculum'
Track: 9 - Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement
Keyword(s): Teenagers, high school, advocacy, technology, transition, curriculum
Learning Objectives:
  1. Assess the need for support throughout a child's development past early intervention services
  2. Evaluate how established programs meet the needs of teenagers in preparing for transition from high school to adulthood


Early identification of hearing loss and traditional educational services are often not enough to support teenagers through the transition from high school to adulthood. The Marion Downs Hearing Center recognizes the need to look beyond traditional education programs to provide support for children who are deaf or hard of hearing(DHH). Teens are often not provided with the support and advocacy skills needed to reach their educational or professional potential. Adolescents who are DHH will face the difficult but critical transition from high school to college. MDHC has a Teen Program with two components, Teen Day and Campus Connections, to empower DHH high school students to independently and successfully transition into higher education and independent adulthood. Teen Day is an annual full-day conference, completing its 6th year, which introduces DHH high school students to self-advocacy skills, resources, legal rights, and exposure to DHH mentors, peers, professional and providers. Campus Connections completed its 3rd year and is an intensive four-day program for College Bound students. The students get in-depth with the topics covered in the Teen Day curriculum while getting acclimated to a college campus and diverse classroom environments. This project evaluated the value and effectiveness of the curriculum for both programs. Objective pre and post questionnaire responses were obtained for both 2013 programs prior to and following the completion of each. A questionnaire was submitted to graduates of Campus Connections to assess the effect the program has had on their journey beyond high school. It was evident in both programs that students were motivated by the program and showed growth in their understanding of the curriculum material. This illustrates the need for support for teenagers with hearing loss beyond the traditional educational services.
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Kirsten Bock - Primary Presenter,POC
University of Colorado Hospital
     Credentials: M.A.
      Kirsten Bock is a 4th year Au.D student at the University of Minnesota. She is currently completing her fourth year clinical externship at the Marion Downs Hearing Center in Denver, Colorado

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Sandra Gabbard - Co-Presenter
Marion Downs Hearing Center
     Credentials: Ph.D., Director of Audiology
     Other Affiliations: University of Colorado
      Dr. Gabbard has served as Director of Audiology at the University of Colorado Hospital for 25 years. She is the chair of the Audiology task force for the Colorado Infant Hearing Advisory and is the PI of the Colorado LEND Project.

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