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*Please note that presenters submitted abstracts in the track that they thought was most appropriate for their session topic. Based on content, many of the topical sessions do fit into multiple tracks, but are only listed in the track designated by the presenter.

Track Descriptions

  1. EHDI Program Enhancement (e.g., efforts to improve any component of an EHDI program, systems change initiatives, protocol improvement, extending EHDI to other populations)
  2. Audiological Services (e.g., improving diagnostic protocols, fitting and management of hearing aids, cochlear implants, or FM systems, improving access to hearing technology, counseling families following audiological diagnosis)
  3. Language Acquisition & Development (e.g., helping early intervention specialists, parents, and others understand the language development process, understand the impact of early language development on achieving school-readiness and social/emotional well being; research on evaluation and intervention driven by language assessment; giving families tools and strategies to evaluate and maximize language acquisition/development on an ongoing basis)
  4. Early Intervention (e.g., improving educational programs for 0-5 year olds, coordination and communication among early intervention and EHDI programs, transition between programs, the role of non-Part C services, providing culturally competent services, evaluation and intervention in regards to speech/language assessments)
  5. Medical Home (e.g., providing family-centered health care within a community-based system, coordinating care between primary care providers, specialists, subspecialists, and other health care professionals, delivering health care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, compassionate, culturally effective and efficient for all involved, screening during well-child care)
  6. Follow-up, Tracking and Data Management (e.g., strategies for improving loss to follow-up, innovative tracking systems, using tracking information for quality improvement)
  7. Family Perspectives and Support (e.g., what do families like and dislike about EHDI programs, how parents can be involved efficiently in program administration, implementing effective parent support programs, parent education, how to inform families of the full range of communication options and choices, overcoming barriers to language acquisition)
  8. EHDI Workforce Issues (e.g., pre-service and in-service education for EHDI providers, workforce shortages and how to reduce them, strategies to address knowledge gaps)
  9. Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement (e.g., efforts to assess quality of services or data, quality improvement efforts, results of statewide program evaluations, reporting to funders and administrators, strategies for assuring quality)
  10. Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Issues (e.g., mandates for insurance coverage for hearing aids, securing funding for program improvement, public awareness campaigns, state legislative or advocacy efforts)