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ABSTRACT INFORMATION
Title: 'Creating Opportunities for D/HH Infants and Toddlers and Their Families to Build Connections'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): early intervention, family, peers, connections community
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe three reasons to provide group experiences for D/HH infants, toddlers and their families
  2. Describe 3 group experiences that support families in building connections

Abstract:

Family Conversations is a comprehensive early intervention program for infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) and their families. Best practice guidelines (JCIH, 2014; Moeller et al., 2013) recommend that families have access to other families with children who are D/HH to build support networks and promote social and emotional well-being for all family members. Family Conversations Group (FCG) provides opportunities for families to connect and learn with other families and to build informal networks with families and D/HH teens and adults. FCG also provides opportunities for young D/HH children to learn important social skills with their peers. FCG consists of three components. “Family Conversations” is a time when families play together and learn to support their child’s full access to language, literacy and communication in a group situation. “Little Conversations” is a time for infants and toddlers and their preschool-aged siblings to practice language, listening, literacy and social skills in a supported and fully accessible environment. “Parent Conversations” is a time for parents to get information, share ideas and connect. As part of Family Conversations Group, families have multiple opportunities to meet and interact with parents of older D/HH children and a variety of D/HH teens and adults to learn about the different ways their child might grow up to be a well adjusted and successful deaf or hard-of-hearing adult. Family Conversations Group provides valuable opportunities for children and families to 1) build strong relationships within their family and community, 2) build a strong foundation for academic learning, and 3) build important connections with other families and D/HH communities. Each component will be described and illustrated through video examples. This program serves as a model for any early intervention program for D/HH infants and toddlers and their families, regardless of language or mode of communication.
Presentation: Tuesday_French_145_JillBargones_1577.pdf

Handouts: Handout_1577JillBargones.pdf
CART: Topical Session 6- 1577.doc
PRESENTER(S) / AUTHOR(S) INFORMATION
Jill Bargones - Primary Presenter,POC
Family Conversations, Seattle Children's Hospital
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-A
      Jill Bargones, Ph.D., CCC-A, is the program coordinator of Family Conversations Early Intervention Program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children and their Families, at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington. Jill has worked with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families for over 30 years in a variety of settings and with a variety of modalities. She has a Master’s degree in Audiology and a Ph.D. in Hearing Science from the University of Washington.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from Seattle Children's Hospital.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Amy McCall - Co-Presenter
Family Conversations, Seattle Children's Hospital
     Credentials: M.S., CCC-A
      Amy McCall, M.S.CCC-A is a Communication Specialist for Family Conversations in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s degree in Audiology and has worked as an early interventionist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in the greater Seattle area for the past 25 years. Amy also has her own private practice, Listen and Learn, where she provides aural habilitation and deaf education support to school aged students.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Patti Hobbs - Co-Presenter
Independent Contractor
     Credentials: M.S., CCC-A
      Patti Hobbs, M.S. CCC-A is an Audiologist/Teacher of the Deaf. She received a degree in Deaf Education from the Pennsylvania State University and a degree in Audiology from the University of Washington. Over the years she has worked as an itinerant Teacher of the Deaf, a clinical Audiologist and most recently as an Early Interventionist with families who have a deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Patti currently resides in Davis CA and works with an early intervention program in Solano County.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial -

Nonfinancial -
Susan Norton - Co-Presenter
Family Conversations, Seattle Childrens Hospital
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-A
      Susan Norton, PhD CCC-A is the Chief of Audiology Programs and Research at Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She is also a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She works with the Washington Department of Health EHDDI program to ensure timely and quality newborn hearing screening of all newborns, diagnostic follow-up for those infants who refer and enrollment in early intervention for infants with hearing loss. She has conducted research and practiced pediatric audiology for many years.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial -

Nonfinancial -