March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/13/2016  |   1:00 PM - 4:00 PM   |  Pacific Salon 6/7

Nice is Not Enough: How Does a System Support a Family?

“Nice is not enough…” may be an apt tongue-in-cheek expression when it comes to identifying the elusive “something” that is the authentic change agent for supporting families of children who are D/HH. It is what not only drives, but also perplexes, many EHDI professionals as they struggle with ways in which a system can provide care to families that is “up close and personal”. This instructional course builds upon a conceptual framework to identify key resources necessary to provide high quality support programs to families and offers a mixed-presentation format designed to be both interactive and engaging. Participants will be nudged out of their comfort zone and challenged to coalesce across disciplines, agencies and service delivery models to delve in to opportunities that assist families in successful integration of hearing differences into their lives. Finding the balance between family support as a systems issue that is operationalized and measured and giving an individual family the formal and informal tools they need for their journey offers the promise of improved outcomes and is both the challenge and the call to action.

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Johnnie Sexton (Primary Presenter), The CARE Project, johnnie.sexton@thecareproject.me;
Johnnie Sexton has worked with children who are deaf and hard of hearing for 33 years. In recent years, he designed the early intervention system for audiology in North Carolina. He has devoted his energy in the past 2 years to redefining counseling for families with children who have hearing challenges and the professionals who provide services for them. He owns a private practice specializing in educational audiology services and has established the nonprofit agency, The CARE Project, Inc., serving as Executive Director, for the advancement of family, professional and preprofessional training opportunities in counseling.


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Patti Martin (POC,Primary Presenter), Arkansas Children's Hospital, martinpf@archildrens.org;
Patti Martin, Ph.D., is the Director of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Her areas of expertise include infant screening/assessment, family support and program development. Her efforts with infant hearing screening began with a collaboration project to investigate the efficacy of TEOAEs as a newborn screening tool in the early 1990s and continue through her work on the board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Special Interest Division on Childhood Hearing Disorders and as the Family Support Consultant for NCHAM. She has chaired the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology, the Arkansas Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, Tracking and Intervention Boardand the Natinoal Investing in Family Support Conference for the past four years. Dr. Martin’s ongoing passion centers around how professionals can help support families in improving the outcomes of children with hearing loss.


Financial - Receives Consulting fee for Consulting from National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.