16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA

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Idaho's Regional Analysis of Family Support

Best practice as outlined by the Joint Committee for Infant Hearing (JCIH) recommends coordinated statewide systems when providing early intervention (EI) services to children who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing and their families, regardless of geographic location. However, systematic assessment is required to determine if there are specific discrepancies from region to region. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, a significant portion of Idaho qualifies as “frontier”, or having sparsely populated rural areas isolated from population centers and services. Understanding and developing a model to assess EHDI systems in frontier areas are particularly important. To assess discrepancies in the EHDI system across the state of Idaho, a survey was distributed to families with children who failed the initial newborn hearing screening throughout the state. Families from each region responded with 119 families responding in total, yielding a 20% response rate. The presentation will discuss the demographics of the respondents from region to region, opportunities and barriers to services that were reported, and next steps to addressing these discrepancies

  • Discuss demographics of survey respondents from each region in Idaho.
  • Examine and compare experience in receiving services by region.
  • Develop next steps to address discrepancies between regions and improve EHDI experiences for families

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Presenters/Authors

Kristina Blaiser (), Idaho State University, Kristina.Blaiser@isu.edu;
Kristina Blaiser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and directs the HATCH (Helping Adults Talk to Children) Lab at Idaho State University-Meridian. Dr. Blaiser has extensive experience leading early childhood education programs and evaluating the outcomes of children who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Her research interests include program evaluation and graduate training related to assessment and early intervention practices of children who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing. Dr. Blaiser’s recent work has focused on using telehealth to support families in early intervention. Kristina is the Professional Development Manager for ASHA SIG 9: Hearing Loss and Hearing Disorders in Childhood.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - Receives Grants for Independent contractor from Oberkotter foundation.   Receives Grants for Independent contractor from Oberkotter foundation.   Receives Grants for Independent contractor from Oberkotter foundation.   Receives Grants for Independent contractor from Oberkotter foundation.   Receives Grants for Independent contractor from Oberkotter foundation.   Receives Grants for Independent contractor from Oberkotter foundation.   Receives Grants for Independent contractor from Oberkotter foundation.  

Nonfinancial - Has a Professional relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional,Other relationship (Advisory board member) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional,Other relationship (Advisory board member) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional,Other relationship (Advisory board member) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional,Other relationship (Advisory board member) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional,Other relationship (Advisory board member) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional,Other relationship (Advisory board member) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional,Other relationship (Advisory board member) relationship for Board membership.  


Gabriel Bargen (), Idaho State University, barggabr@isu.edu;
Gabriel Anne Bargen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Idaho State University in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the Meridian Health Science Center. She teaches courses at ISU, including pediatric audiology, auditory anatomy and physiology, advance aural rehabilitation, and central auditory processing. Professional interests include pediatric audiology specifically diagnostic hearing assessment and treatment; assessing risks associated with hearing dysfunction in infants; clinical application of auditory brainstem response (ABR) for hearing loss screening in newborns, infants, and toddlers. Dr. Bargen’s current research focuses on evaluating risk indicators for delayed-onset hearing loss and finding ways to make resources accessible to all children who are hard of hearing or deaf in Idaho by connecting community entities across the state.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - Receives Grants for Other activities from Idaho State University.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Idaho State University.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Idaho State University.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Idaho State University.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Idaho State University.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Idaho State University.   Receives Grants for Other activities from Idaho State University.  

Nonfinancial - Has a Professional (I am a member of the Idaho Sound Beginnings Advisory Board) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional (I am a member of the Idaho Sound Beginnings Advisory Board) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional (I am a member of the Idaho Sound Beginnings Advisory Board) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional (I am a member of the Idaho Sound Beginnings Advisory Board) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional (I am a member of the Idaho Sound Beginnings Advisory Board) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional (I am a member of the Idaho Sound Beginnings Advisory Board) relationship for Board membership.   Has a Professional (I am a member of the Idaho Sound Beginnings Advisory Board) relationship for Board membership.  


Erica Maier (), Idaho State University, maieeric@isu.edu;
Erica Maier is a second-year speech-language pathology graduate student at Idaho State University. Erica received her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nevada, Reno and a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis from the University of North Texas.

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Brittany Hewitt (), Idaho State University, hewibrit@isu.edu;
Brittany Hewitt is a second- year Speech-Language Pathology student at Idaho State University. Brittany received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Hawaii, and Post Bach in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Idaho State University.

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Caitlin Cusack (), Idaho State University, cusacait@isu.edu;
Caitlin Cusack is a second-year speech-language pathology student at Idaho State University. She received her bachelor's degree in economics from Boise State University. She is interested in early intervention, hearing loss, speech sound disorders and multicultural/multilingual issues in intervention.

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Brian Shakespeare (), Idaho Sound Beginnings, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, ShakespB@dwh.idaho.gov;
Brian Shakespeare is the Program coordinator for Idaho Sound Beginnings. He received his Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Boise State University in 2009. Following graduation he worked with children with developmental disabilities for two years, eventually becoming a Certified Behavioral Interventionist. Brian’s major accomplishments with Idaho Sound Beginnings include overseeing data linkages between HiTrack, Idaho’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Information System, and the databases of both Idaho Vital Records and ITPKIDS, Idaho’s Part C database, as well as implementing process improvements in screening programs and audiology clinics across the state.

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Paula Mason (), Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind, paula.mason@iesdb.org ;
Paula Mason, MS, is Director of Outreach for Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind's (IESDB), supporting students throughout the state of Idaho. She has a bachelor degree in elementary education and a master degree in education of the hearing impaired both earned at Idaho State University. She is currently working on her education specialist in education leadership at the University of Idaho. Paula worked for 10 years as the IESDB Post-Secondary Transition Specialist and 3 years as a classroom teacher at the IESDB.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Susan Jones (), Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center, jonessus@slhs.org;
Susie Jones, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is a licensed speech-language pathologist. She earned her master's degree from Idaho State University and has experience in both pediatric and adult communication disorders. She has extended training in aural rehabilitation and treatment of auditory processing delays, and is a certified listening and spoken language specialist. Susie is a founding member of Idaho Hands and Voices, a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, and past board member of Idaho Sound Beginnings.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Jill Muir (), Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind, jill.muir@iesdb.org;
Jill Muir, M.Ed. NIC Master, is in her 30th year of working as a Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Educational Specialist for the Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind. She works with DHH students and their families from birth through high school graduation. She is also a staff mentor and is the state coordinator for Idaho's participation in the National Early Childhood Assessment Project (NECAP). Additionally, she is a certified sign language interpreter at the master level. She holds an AAS in Sign Language Interpreting, BS in Deaf Education and M.Ed in Counseling.

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Anna Smith (), Infant Toddler Program, smitha@dhw.idaho.gov;
Anna Smith has been employed with the Idaho Infant Toddler Program since its inception in 1991. During this time, she has been a therapist, service coordinator, Early Intervention Specialist, and currently a Program Specialist overseeing the Infant Toddler Child Find program called Developmental Milestones and working directly with the statewide regional Infant Toddler Programs to ensure compliance with IDEA Part C regulations. In addition, she is the product owner for the Idaho Infant Toddler data system known as ITPKIDS. This data system interfaces with the HiTrack system and also does automated billing of intervention provided by the Idaho Infant Toddler staff and contractors.

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Erika Blanchard (), Idaho Elks Hearing & Balance Center, St. Luke's Health System, blanchae@slhs.org;
Erika Blanchard manages the audiology program at St. Luke’s with a focus on quality program development and compliance. She specializes in pediatric and adult diagnostics and amplification, and is a pediatric audiology mentor and educator for pediatric audiologists across the country. Erika is the network audiologist with National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management for the Pacific Northwest and an audiology consultant for Idaho Sound Beginnings, Idaho's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology with an emphasis in developmental disabilities and teaching English as a second language from the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her postgraduate studies in audiology at Idaho State University.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Andrea Amestoy (), Idaho Sound Beginnings, andrea_corn@yahoo.com;
Andrea Amestoy, R.N., has been a pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit nurse and teaches classes at St. Luke’s. She has worked for the past 10 years at Idaho Sound Beginnings as a parent outreach consultant in which she markets and promotes Idaho Sound Beginnings, gives presentations and contacts parents for follow up and those whose children are diagnosed with a hearing loss. In addtion, Andrea works for Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind with children 0-3 who are blind or visually impaired. She earned her Health Science and Nursing Degrees from Boise State University and is a certified teacher of the blind and visually impaired with a Master's in Special Education from Texas Tech University.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.