February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


2/27/2017  |   11:05 AM - 11:35 AM   |  A Co-Treat Curriculum: A Model for Teaming   |  Grand Hall B

A Co-Treat Curriculum: A Model for Teaming

Traditionally children with hearing loss receive services from an audiologist and early intervention provider separately for assessment, counseling, and treatment. This presentation will discuss a model of co-treating which attempts to streamline patient care, better educate families and improve team collaboration between audiologists and early intervention providers. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) developed guidelines that state "co-treatment may be appropriate when practitioners from different professional disciplines can effectively address their treatment goals while the patient is engaged in a single therapy session." In the model presented here, children ages birth to 3 were followed by an audiologist and speech-language pathologist as they attended audiological appointments. A curriculum was presented to families at set intervals that included topics such as the importance of reading and singing as well as keeping on hearing technology if the parent's goal is for listening and spoken language. Curriculum is developed to be fun and interactive for families with short pieces of information and an opportunity to practice. Curriculum examples along with video examples of the use of curriculum with families will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm relevant curriculum topics for their work setting and co-create the beginning foundation of how they could create this for their own use. The importance of strength-based coaching with families including empathetic listening will be an included part of the discussion.

  • The learner will be able to explain the benefits of a co-treat model for a child with hearing loss and his/her family.
  • The learner will be able to brainstorm appropriate topics, goals and strategies that could be implemented in a co-treat model.
  • The learner will be able to create a co-treat curriculum based on the model shown, brainstorming activity and discussion.


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Hannah Eskridge (), University of North Carolina, hannah.eskridge@unchealth.unc.edu;
Hannah Eskridge, MSP, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT, is the Co-Director for the Children's Cochlear Implant Center at UNC and Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has been working with children with hearing loss and their families for over 15 years and became certified in auditory verbal therapy in 2005. She conducts Listening and Spoken Language parent participation sessions and tele-therapy sessions through the UNC REACH program. Her primary interests are related to coaching professionals throughout the world in order to see the field of Listening and Spoken Language expand as well as working with families just beginning their journey in teaching their children with hearing loss to listen and talk.


Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.