Title: 'A Cross Cultural Approach: The path to addressing health disparities and accessing and benefiting from early intervention services'
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Keyword(s): health disparities, non-English speaking families, vulnerable population,
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify 3 key components of a cross-cultural approach
  2. Identify 3 ways to strengthen and enhance family function
  3. Identify the critical components in Project ASPIRE


This session will discuss the Cross-Cultural Approach and research from Project ASPIRE in order to impact early intervention services delivered to families from a vulnerable population. Now is a golden age for children born with hearing loss. Because of universal newborn hearing screening and technological advances, a child with hearing loss can achieve the same outcome as his typically developing peer. Tragically, children with hearing loss born into poverty do not always share in these amazing gains. Furthermore children from families from low-socioeconomic status whose primary language is not English are at even greater risk. There exists a significant achievement gap mirroring their typically developing peers, but with more profound consequences. Our efforts concentrate on continuing to improve quality of care and quality of life for young children with hearing impairments from disadvantaged populations through a blend of our cross-cultural health care services and our research. A Cross-Cultural approach is a patient centered approach and it refers to an exchange of cultures: the patient’s individual culture and the local culture. We believe this interaction would lead us to empower families with knowledge and a better understanding of the early intervention system. At our center we have implemented the ROADMAP plan, which aims to help families navigate our organization and improve their access to the services in place for them. One of our leading research projects at the University of Chicago is Project Aspire which stands on the principal of early language development through early experiences highlighting the key roles parents play in language and cognitive development. We will discuss Project Aspire’s objectives, curriculum and methodology for the birth-3 population.
Presentation: Sunday_Nunn_200_SallyTannenbaum_1726.pdf

Handouts: Handout_1726SallyTannenbaum.pptx
CART: CART Transcription is not Available
Sally Tannenbaum-Katsaggelos - Primary Presenter,POC
The University of Chicago, Comer Children's Hospital
     Credentials: Sally Tannenbaum, M.Ed., CED, DTH, LSLS, Cert. AVT LSLS Cert. AVT
      Sally Tannenbaum-Katsaggelos is Co-Director of the Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program at The University of Chicago Medicine, Comer Children's Hospital. She has been working with children with hearing loss for over 30 years and received the 1999 Helen Beebe Award for Outstanding Therapist. In addition, Sally is a Developmental Therapist specializing with children with hearing loss in the state of Illinois. She has contributed to several books on pediatric hearing loss and lectures both nationally and internationally.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Alejandra Ullauri - Co-Presenter
University of Chicago Medicine
     Credentials: AuD, MPH CCC-A
     Other Affiliations: Illinois Hands and Voices Board
      Alejandra Ullauri, AuD is the Manager of Audiology at University of Chicago Medicine. She has a Doctorate of Audiology and a Masters in Public Health. She holds certification in cochlear implants from the American Board of Audiology, has published multiple papers, presented at International Conferences and serves on the Illinois Hands and Voices Board. Dr. Ullauri is a native Spanish speaker and has worked in audiology positions at hospitals in England, Ecuador and Australia.

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Dana Suskind - Author
University of Chicago Medicine
     Credentials: MD
     Other Affiliations: University of Chicago
      Dr. Suskind is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics in the Section of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and directs the Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Program at the University of Chicago. Her research is dedicated to addressing health disparities, specifically early language disparities, through the development of novel multimedia intervention programs that combine parent education with quantitative linguistic feedback. She has conceptualized and initiated development and evaluation of two parent-directed, home-visiting interventions: Project ASPIRE and the Thirty Million Words Project. These interventions, for parents of children with hearing loss and parents of typically developing children respectively, aim to improve child outcomes through parent enrichment of the early language environment.