March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


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Overcoming the Bumps on the Road to 1-3-6: Quadrupling our Numbers

Optimal language acquisition and development is dependent on early identification and diagnosis. Since newborn hearing screening became mandated in our state, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of children we work with. We attribute these growing numbers to focusing on a team approach that places the family of the child with hearing loss at the focal point. By concentrating on the family, we have seen relationships with other professionals in the community grow. Learning to facilitate these relationships to better serve our families has not been without its bumps. In this presentation, you will hear from early intervention providers and licensed audiologists from Sunshine Cottage School about our bumps, how we are surmounting them, and how you can apply this information to your work, whether you are a professional or a parent. The ideal goal of 1-3-6 gives us a small window of opportunity to identify, diagnose, and provide intervention for a child with hearing loss. With smooth collaboration from all team members, it is more likely that a family of a child with hearing loss will meet developmentally appropriate hearing and language milestones for their child.

  • Describe the importance of an expeditious response to hearing loss as a neurodevelopmental emergency
  • Identify obstacles to smooth, responsive collaboration
  • Apply effective techniques for community outreach and simplified communication to reduce loss to follow-up.

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Julianna Stark (Co-Presenter,Author,POC), Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, Jstark@sunshinecottage.org;
Julianna Stark graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, specializing in Deaf Education. During her time as an undergraduate, she interned at several schools, including Texas School for the Deaf and the Austin Regional Day School Program. Julianna went on to receive her Masters in Deaf Education and Hearing Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. While working on her graduate degree, Julianna volunteered in classrooms and worked as a graduate assistant at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children. During her coursework, she realized her love for working with children in early intervention and became a parent infant advisor at Sunshine in January of 2015. Julianna is a Certified Educator of the Deaf and is currently working on becoming a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist.


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Lindsay Rodriguez (Co-Presenter,Author), Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, lrodriguez@sunshinecottage.org;
Lindsay M Rodriguez, M.Ed., C.E.D., has been a Parent-Infant Advisor at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio since 2000. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and previously worked for 16 years as an ESL teacher and textbook author/editor for Macmillan Publishers in Mexico City. Lindsay has also been trained as a Parent Advocacy Training Facilitator for the A.G.Bell Association and has given presentations on Advocacy internationally and in several different States. Lindsay is a coauthor of The Guide to Listening and Spoken Language: a parent-friendly, convenient checklist of information and strategies for learning to listen and talk. Lindsay’s mission is to coach parents to advocate for their child so that their child, in turn, might advocate for him/herself.


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