Title: 'Graduate Students in Early Intervention: Learning Family-Centered Coaching'
Track: 8 - EHDI Workforce Issues
Keyword(s): coaching parents collaborate preservice projects
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to identify 3 aspects of coaching as used by professionals with parents of infants and toddlers with hearing losses.
  2. Participants will identify the status of coaching techniques in the before and after statements of 3 pre-service professionals presented in this session.
  3. Participants will identify the goals and implementation priorities of the university program presented in this session.


Current research supports coaching as best practice for professionals who work with parents to enhance collaboration on goals, to help parents recognize the skills they need to meet the goals, and to help parents analyze their learning. Learning to be a coach for parents of young children with a hearing loss and creating a strong, ongoing working relationship with families is one of the greatest challenges faced by pre-service professionals in early intervention. Graduate students enrolled in the Mount Saint Mary’s University/John Tracy Clinic Graduate Program in Los Angeles learn a family-centered approach to coaching through two courses, one a theory course with fieldwork observation hours, the other a practicum course where students work with families. By observing families, planning with them, practicing taking advantage of teachable moments, reflecting with families, and engaging families in feedback loops, students become more comfortable, confident, and competent in family-centered coaching. The culmination of the graduate students’ theory course includes a visual, written, and oral representation of the students’ learning about coaching. The graduate students universally produce imaginative, evocative, and deeply-felt projects. This break-out session will present a video of graduate students discussing their learning experiences, their projects, and how they see coaching in future work with families. The presentation goal is to offer institutions of higher education a learning activity that engages students in a meaningful way to reflect on and present coaching concepts in early intervention pre-service courses with the goal of improving EHDI services.
Presentation: Tuesday_French_1100_JaneFreutel_1514.pdf

Handouts: Handout_1514JaneFreutel.pptx
CART: CART Transcription is not Available
Jane Freutel - Primary Presenter,POC
Mount Saint Mary's Univeristy/John Tracy Clinic
     Credentials: EdD, LSLS Cert AVT, CED
      Jane Freutel, EdD, CED, LSLS Cert AVT, Assistant Director, Teacher Education, Mount Saint Mary's University/John Tracy Clinic, has taught children with hearing loss for 40 years. She spent 30 years as a tutor, classroom teacher, itinerant teacher, supervisor, therapist in and coordinator of an after-school clinic, and as a member of an administrative team at Oralingua School for the Hearing Impaired in Whittier, CA. She holds a teaching credential in Special Education with lifetime certification and a Clear Administrative Services Credential from the state of California. She has 3 national certifications (Listening and Spoken Language Specialist: Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist; Council on Education of the Deaf: Parent-Infant and Elementary Education; NECCI Trainer). Presentations and publication topics include auditory skill development, cochlear implants in children, perceptions of parents, social studies/cognitive skill development, and social skill development for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.