March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/14/2016  |   2:00 PM - 2:30 PM   |  Topical Session 2   |  Towne/Esquire   |  4 - Early Intervention

Birth-to-Three Programs of Various Communication Modes Collaborating to Serve Families

When an infant or toddler in the state of Washington is identified with hearing loss, the family must choose a birth-three program before early intervention services begin. As they are choosing the program, they are also making their selection for the initial (or first) language and mode of communication for their family. The programs for infants and toddlers who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) understand that while there are differences among the programs, they share many similar issues and needs. In Western Washington, there are three programs that represent different languages and modes of communication. This presentation will demonstrate how families benefit from the collaborative relationships these three programs promote and practice. The D/HH programs collaborate regarding issues such as systems change and advocacy, county procedures for supporting families and in-service training for professionals and families. Attendees of this presentation will learn the history of how these collaborative relationships were nurtured and developed, the beneficial outcomes for professionals, families and the community as a whole, hear families describe their experiences and discuss the outlook for the future. Action steps will be identified to enable other states and counties to initiate collaborative agency relationships in their local communities.

  • Identify the similarities and differences between programs for D/HH infants and toddlers using various modes of communication.
  • Name beneficial outcomes for famlies and their community when various programs for D/HH infants and toddlers collaborate to provide services.
  • Identify strategies to implement collaboration in the participant's local communities.

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Kimberly Hamren (Co-Presenter), Listen and Talk, kimh@listentalk.org;
Kim Hamren is the Early Intervention Coordinator at Listen and Talk in Seattle, WA. Kim leads a team of 8 Early Intervention providers including Teachers of the Deaf, Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. She has worked at Listen and Talk since 1997 in a variety of positions including as an early intervention provider, preschool teacher, Listening and Spoken Language Auditory-Verbal Therapist, and preschool coordinator. She received her Teacher of the Deaf certification and her B.S. in Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1980 and her M.Ed in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1992. She became a Certified Listening and Spoken Language Auditory-Verbal Therapist in 2003.


Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from Listen and Talk.  

Nonfinancial - Has a Professional (Represent Perspecitive of Professional community as a Teacher of the Deaf) relationship for Board membership.  

Brayde Willson (Co-Presenter), Parent-Infant Program, Hearing Speech and Deafness Center, bwillson@hsdc.org;
Brayde possesses an MA in Deaf Education and an MS in Administration from Gallaudet University, and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study deaf education and community development in China. Her passion for working with families of children with hearing loss makes it easy for her to come in to work every day. Brayde loves working in the field in which she has been trained, as well as the ASL-English bilingual environment at HSDC, working with Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing colleagues


Financial - Receives Salary for Employment,Management position,Teaching and speaking from Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.

Jill Bargones (Co-Presenter), Family Conversations, Seattle Children's Hospital, jill.bargones@seattlechildrens.org;
Jill Bargones, Ph.D., CCC-A, is the program coordinator of Family Conversations Early Intervention Program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children and their Families, at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington. Jill has worked with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families for over 30 years in a variety of settings and with a variety of modalities. She has a Master’s degree in Audiology and a Ph.D. in Hearing Science from the University of Washington.


Financial - Receives Salary for Employment from Seattle Children's Hospital.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.