Title: 'Nontraditional Audiology Support to Provide Optimal Access for Children in Transition '
Track: 2 - Audiological Services
Keyword(s): Preschool, Teen, multidisciplinary, Transitions
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe how audiological information and support can be provided outside of a traditional clinical setting
  2. Identify three programs which have demonstrated support for families by providing audiological support in a non-clinical setting


The Marion Downs Center recognizes that traditional clinical services and education programs may not provide adequate support specific to the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their parents. Specifically information and support in the areas of optimizing technology, resources, communication strategies and advocacy may be insufficient in traditional models of service provision. By providing multidisciplinary, supplementary support, audiologists can supply children and their parents with the knowledge and education they need to navigate periods of transition. The MDC has three programs intended to provide these populations with tools to gain optimal access to spoken language through information technology, optimizing access, mentorship, and multidisciplinary support. The Marion’s Way summer preschool uses the principles mentioned above to bridge the gap between the clinical aspects of audiology and their classroom applications. Children are immersed in a language intensive program that promotes multidisciplinary support and educates parents and children on maximizing language access through strategies and technology. The Connect and Grow Teen Program has two components, Campus Connections for college bound teens and the Teen Day Conference for high school students to learn about resources and advocacy. In both programs teens with hearing loss interact with professionals and mentors for an opportunity to prepare for life after high school. The teens learned how to request and receive the services they need, learned about different classroom technologies and accommodations and experienced the environment on a college campus, in the dorms and in the lecture halls. For all three experiences described, subjective and objective pre- and post-questionnaires were recorded to determine the baseline knowledge level and benefit received from the sessions. Initial findings indicate that these populations benefit from information technology, optimal access, mentorship and multidisciplinary support.
Presentation: Tuesday_Beckham_145_HaroldAndrewCouch_1698.pdf

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CART: Topical Session 6- 1698.docx
Harold Andrew Couch - Co-Presenter
Marion Downs Center
     Credentials: LEND Fellow, JFK Partners, University of Colorado Hospital. Doctor of Audiology candidate, University of Arizona (Class of 2015)
      Andrew is a LEND fellow through the JFK Partners program on the University of Colorado medical campus. He is completing his graduate studies (Doctorate of Audiology) through the University of Arizona. He aims to work with individuals with hearing loss in a clinical setting.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Sandra Gabbard - Primary Presenter,POC
Marion Downs Center
     Credentials: PhD in Audiology, CCC-A
     Other Affiliations: University of Colorado
      She is an Associate Professor of Audiology at the University of Colorado where she is the Coordinator of the Pediatric Audiology LEND MCHB training grant, which supports AuD students and post-doctoral audiologists to expand their expertise in pediatric audiology.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Lauren Lewis - Co-Presenter
University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colorado
     Credentials: Bachlor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
     Other Affiliations: LEND Program, JFK Partners, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado; Marion Downs Center, Denver, Colorado
      Lauren Lewis is a graduate student in Audiology at Washington University in St. Louis. She is completing her fourth year externship at the University of Colorado Audiology Clinic before she graduates in May 2015.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Donna Moore - Co-Presenter
Marion Downs Center and University of Colorado Hospital
     Credentials: B.S Speech Pathology and Audiology
     Other Affiliations: The Ohio State University Graduate student in Audiology
      Donna Moore is a 4th year audiology extern and part time LEND fellow at the University of Colorado Hospital and Marion Downs Center. She is pursuing her Au.D. through The Ohio State University.

Financial - Receives Other financial benefit for Other activities from LEND fellow.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.