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

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Development of a Self-Assessment Tool for Early Intervention Providers

The JCIH 2007 Supplement on Early Intervention outlines best practices in the provision of services to children who are deaf/hard of hearing and their families. Specifically, Goal 3 states: All Children Who Are D/HH From Birth to 3 Years of Age and Their Families Have EI Providers Who Have the Professional Qualifications and Core Knowledge and Skills to Optimize the Child’s Development and Child/Family Well-being. This goal was identified as one of three main priorities by EHDI stakeholders in Arkansas. As a result, an Early Intervention (EI) taskforce was formed to explore the roles, competencies, experience and geographical location of service providers for this population in our state. The EI Taskforce developed a survey tool with the purpose of identifying areas in which providers would like more support. The tool was disseminated to licensed Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers of the Deaf and Part C providers via electronic or paper format. Results of the survey will be used for development of continuing education, mentoring and skill-building opportunities. Additionally, data obtained in the survey will determine areas in our state where access to qualified providers is both limited and readily available in an effort to create a network of peer support designed to enhance outcomes for children identified as deaf/hard of hearing across the state.

  • Describe a strategy for evaluating knowledge, skills and disposition of Early Intervention providers
  • Modify the described self-assessment tool for other uses
  • Apply the Arkansas experience in different settings

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Presenters/Authors

Mary Ellen Nevins (), UAMS, menevins@uams.edu;
Mary Ellen Nevins, Ed.D., is an experienced educator of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She is a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and is the Director of the Program in Auditory-Based Intervention. Her attention to, and publications regarding professional learning for hearing and speech professionals, complement her longstanding work with children using hearing technologies to listen, talk and read. Nevins is recognized as a national expert on educational issues associated with deaf or hard of hearing children learning to listen and talk and the needs of the professionals with whom they work.

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Financial - Receives Royalty options or other ownership interest for Other activities from Plural Publishing.   Receives Consulting fee,Royalty options or other ownership interest for Consulting,Other activities from University of Chicago; Plural Publishing.   Receives Royalty options or other ownership interest for Other activities from Plural Publishing.   Receives Royalty options or other ownership interest for Other activities from Plural Publishing.  

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Patti Martin (), 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 a Consultant for NCHAM. Dr. Martin’s ongoing passion centers around how professionals can help support families in improving the outcomes of children with hearing loss.

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

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Tracy Pate (), Arkansas Children's Hospital, patetb@archildrens.org;
Tracy Pate is the Coordinator for The Listening Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital. She is responsible for the development and implementation of speech and language services for children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Additionally, she is the Project Coordinator for AR Talk, a pilot program delivering listening and spoken language services via telepractice to children in rural or underserved areas in Arkansas.

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