February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


  |  Tailoring for Taylor: Making Early Intervention Fit for a Deaf Plus Family

Tailoring for Taylor: Making Early Intervention Fit for a Deaf Plus Family

The benefits of early intervention that is family-centered and provided by highly skilled professionals is well established within EHDI. Implementation of such services presents numerous challenges to families whose children are multiply involved, have significant medical needs, and who have dual sensory impairment. A strong case-study and an ecological model of family support is used to illustrate both challenges and best-practices in serving families whose children are Deaf-Plus. Several themes are addressed: · Families of children that are deaf+ have unique social and emotional needs, and it is critical to connect them to family-to-family families with similar situations. · Professionals should understand their own skillset, particularly when working with children who have low incidence disabilities, and be ready to expand their training or partner with others. · Professionals should be prepared to modify the environment for these children and be flexible when planning activities. Considering mobility, positioning, feeding needs and sleep schedules is essential. · Home visits should focus both on listening to the needs of the family and providing coaching as a partner, with the family driving the goals. Considering the complexities of the child who is multiply involved, and the impact of on each family member is crucial. · Interprofessional collaboration will ensure the goals for a child are addressed in an integrated manners, and will reduced the stress that families often perceive as they maintain services with professionals in a variety of disciplines.

  • Participants will be able to identify unique challenges for families whose children are deaf plus that are receiving early intervention services.
  • Participants will be able to explain characteristics of best practice for families whose children are deaf plus.
  • Participants will be able to explain ways to create effective home visits for families whose children are deaf plus.

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Sarah Owens (), Texas Woman's University, skelly7@twu.edu;
Sarah Owens is a graduate student at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. She will graduate in May 2018 with a master's of science in Deaf Education.


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