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ABSTRACT INFORMATION
Title: 'A Multi-site Study of Tele-intervention in Serving Families of Toddlers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): telehealth; early intervention; coaching; evaluation; research
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will understand the importance of tele-intervention (TI) in meeting the needs of families with infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  2. Participants will learn about the research evidence to support the use of TI via a collaborative studies.
  3. Participants will learn about tools to guide implementation of tele-intervention sessions, including assessing the capacity of available technology, preparing families for this new form of intervention will be presented.

Abstract:

Telehealth is an important strategy to address the challenges families face in accessing early intervention services, particularly families who live great distances from qualified providers (Behl & Houston, 2010). Through “tele-intervention” via laptops and ipads, early intervention providers can conduct home visits with caregivers remotely, focusing on developing the caregivers skills in fostering the child’s development. Studies to date point to this form of service delivery being cost-effective, (Blaiser, Behl, White, and Callow-Heusser, 2014; Olsen, Fiechtl, & Rule, 2012) but further evidence is needed. The purpose of this presentation is to share the findings from the largest study to date on the use of tele-intervention with families of young children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH). This comparison design study was a collaborative effort among five early intervention programs serving families of infants and toddlers who are D/HH. Researchers and the participating program directors will present findings documenting the effectiveness of TI on child, family, and provider outcomes. Additionally, they will share lessons learned in creating a successful program, training providers, and selection of equipment and software. Benefits of tele-intervention in reinforcing best practices in service delivery will be highlighted, particularly in regard to supporting caregiver engagement and child language development. Tools to guide implementation of tele-intervention sessions will be shared, including a web-based resource tool (http://infanthearing.org/ti-guide/index.html ). Videoclips of sessions will be shown, demonstrating both successful and challenging scenarios in implementing TI. Finally, challenges to delivering TI and the future directions for guiding its improvement will be articulated, including ensuring sufficient bandwidth, adherence to privacy and security regulations, and administrative support. Efforts to address reimbursement, inter-state licensure, and security will be topics for discussion with the audience.(This study could be paired w/other TI study submitted by Blaiser & Behl w/30 min each).
Presentation: Tuesday_Stopher_940_DianeBehl_1589.pdf

Tuesday_Stopher_940_DianeBehl_1589_a.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
CART: Topical Session 4- 1589.docx
PRESENTER(S) / AUTHOR(S) INFORMATION
Diane Behl - Primary Presenter,POC
NCHAM
     Credentials: M.Ed.
      Diane Behl is a Senior Faculty member at the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. She facilitates telehealth learning communities and is a co-investigator for cost-effectiveness studies. She has expertise in evaluating the effectiveness of service coordination provided via Part C Early Intervention and Maternal and Child Health programs.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Pamela Dawson - Co-Presenter
Hear ME Now
     Credentials: M.Ed.
      Pam has been working in the field of Early Intervention for over 20 years. She holds a Masters degree in Early Intervention from the University of Maine. As the director of hear ME now, a listening and spoken language program in Maine, she works to promote access to qualified LSL providers to all families, regardless to geographic location. hear ME now has been successfully using tele-intervention to coach families for over 4 years. Pam is on the Board of Directors for OPTION programs, and serves as co-chair of the Maine Part C Interagency Coordinating Council..
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial -

Nonfinancial -
Kristina Blaiser - Co-Presenter
Idaho State University
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-SLP
      Kristina Blaiser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Idaho State University-Meridian. Dr. Blaiser has extensive experience leading early childhood education programs and evaluating the outcomes of children who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Her research interests include program evaluation and graduate training related to assessment and early intervention practices of children who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing. Dr. Blaiser’s recent work has focused on using telehealth to support families in early intervention. Kristina is the Program Development Manager for ASHA SIG 9: Hearing Loss and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, has served as a consultant for the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), and is Vice President for the OPTION Schools network.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Betsy Moog Brooks - Co-Presenter
Moog Center for Deaf Education
     Credentials: M.S., CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd
      Betsy Moog Brooks is the Executive Director at the Moog Center for Deaf Education. She received her Masters degree in Speech and Hearing from Washington University and is certified in Deaf Education, Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Early Childhood Education. She has been in the field of deaf education for over thirty years and has been working in the field of early intervention for more than twenty-five years. She created a Toddler Curriculum and a language curriculum which are used in all Moog Schools. Betsy is the author of the book, My Baby and Me: A Book About Teaching Your Child to Talk. She works as a consultant to other Certified Moog Programs in the United States and South America where she trains other teachers to teach children with hearing loss to talk. She has lectured throughout the US and South America and at International Conferences.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial -

Nonfinancial -