Title: 'Pediatric Audiology Learning Opportunities for 2015'
Track: 2 - Audiological Services
Keyword(s): Pediatric Audiology, Audiology Webinars, Social Media
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss new learning opportunities on the www.infanthearing.org website that will enhance pediatric audiology practices in 2015
  2. Identify key position statements supporting policies and procedures for Pediatric Audiology
  3. Choose updated family focused websites and social media services for families with infants and toddlers who have hearing loss to strengthen learning and compliance


EHDI PALS, supported by the Center for Disease and Control (CDC), has made great strides in identifying pediatric audiologists throughout the United States; however, a shortage of Pediatric Audiologists continues. This presentation will stress learning opportunities to improve audiological services for infants and toddlers. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) have been providing Pediatric Audiology Diagnostic and Amplification Courses for the last 10 years to Audiologists across the nation to provide theory and hands on training regarding Pediatric Audiology. The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) has developed a specialty certification in Pediatrics to not only increase the number of audiologists with this specialty but to better identify these individuals. The American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) has developed position statements regarding the role of the Audiologist with infants and children. The Joint Committee for Infant Hearing (JCIH) has developed a standard of care and continues to expand on the role of the Audiologist within the EHDI system. With reduced funding for training workshops and the inability of Audiologists to leave their busy work settings, more Audiologists are turning to the Internet. Web based trainings are becoming Audiologists best option for fine-tuning their skills from the comfort of their home. This presentation will focus on web-based resources available for the Pediatric Audiologist to expand their knowledge base in pediatrics and to navigate the EHDI system. A supplemental CD will be provided to attendees.
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Karen Markuson Ditty - Primary Presenter,POC
     Credentials: Au.D.,CCC-A Board Certified in Audiology
     Other Affiliations: Newborn Intensive Care Specialists,P.A.
      Dr. Ditty is a pediatric audiologist with extensive experience and expertise in EHDI programs. Her career spans over 30 years and includes leading and implementing EHDI activities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and in the Houston and Dallas areas of Texas. She is the former Director of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, and continues to oversee hospital programs in the Houston and Dallas areas of Texas. Dr. Ditty has been associated with NCHAM for more than 15 years as a member of the Technical Assistance Network and coordinates the NCHAM national pediatric audiology diagnostic workshops. She also works on a variety of projects related to early childhood screening and pediatric audiology such as the Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum and issues related to program quality, financing and sustainability. Dr. Ditty has authored and contributed to publications related to EHDI at local, national and international forums.

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