16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA
2/26/2017 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Trauma-Informed Care: Shaking Things Up for Audiologists and EI Providers | Grand Hall C
Audiologists have a very important responsibility to share often unexpected news that an infant is deaf or hard of hearing to new parents or caregivers. Both audiologists and early interventionists have a unique opportunity to support the emotional experience of the diagnosis by assisting families in making sense of the diagnosis and mitigating any potential harm to the parent-child relationship. However, audiology and EI providers often have little formal training on how to 'be with' families in these critical moments in the weeks and months after learning that a child is deaf or hard of hearing. As a team of an Audiologist, an Early Interventionist/Counselor, and a Parent/Counselor, together we will apply trauma-informed care principles to our exploration of the potential impact of early diagnosis of hearing loss. We will identify potential trauma symptoms and how they influence the transition to parenthood and the parent & child’s newly forming relationship. As an Audiologist and Counselor interdisciplinary team, we will bridge EHDI services with infant and family mental health, including including case studies and experiential activities. We will also wonder together about how the ‘ghosts of the diagnosis’ (from Selma Freiberg's ‘Ghosts in the Nursery’) might impact parenting behavior, communication choices, and responses to services. We will introduce ways to track and care for the nervous systems of family members, just as we track audiology measures in early intervention. We will share ideas of ways that we can enhance our support to families while sharing the news and thereby, mitigate the potential long-term effects of unresolved 'diagnostic trauma' on the parent-child relationship. With this information, experience, and collaboration, we hope this workshop will also help providers start to dream big about the potential for "improving and protecting community health and well-being" (HRSA-17-059 grant synopsis).
- Participants will understand how basic infant mental health and trauma-informed care concepts relate to the experience of delivering difficult news and supporting families with a newly identified baby who is deaf or hard of hearing
- Participants will be able to identify symptoms of nervous system dysregulation and ways to
- Participants will learn about the factors that may influence the variety of ways in which families understand and make sense of the diagnosis and how to individualize their support of parents during this critical time
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Elizabeth has worked as a clinical audiologist in a variety of settings, helping to guide children and families through the process of diagnosis and intervention of hearing loss. As the Wisconsin Sound Beginnings (WSB) Program Director Elizabeth has played a leadership role in the development of a data, tracking and referral system, developed educational resources for hospitals, providers and an interactive notebook for parents. Elizabeth has also spearheaded the initiative to enable WI homebirth midwives to provide UNHS. Elizabeth has also provided technical assistance and consultation locally and internationally on quality improvement in EHDI systems. Elizabeth currently sits on the board of directors for the WI Chapter of Families for Hands & Voices and Hands & Voices HQ.
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Jessica Dallman is a tri-lingual (English, ASL, Spanish) multicultural counselor based out of Colorado. She is passionate about weaving together her trainings as a wilderness therapist (Naropa University), special education teacher (Teach for America), and early interventionist (Gallaudet University) to serve her clients and the community. She has an interdisciplinary, relational, and social justice framework that she brings to all of her work. In her free time, Jess can be found rock climbing, hiking with her Great Dane, meditating, reading, dancing, or volunteering.
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Leigh Hardin is the mother of a 8-year-old son with a severe bilateral hearing loss and a 5-year-old daughter with typical hearing. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing psychotherapy with adolescents and families. Leigh specializes in trauma recovery and experiential healing modalities. Her work is constantly informed by her personal experiences, including the ongoing processes involved with raising a DHH child. Leigh enjoys adventuring with her husband and children, including skiing, dancing to live music, and camping. Leigh also finds tremendous personal value in practicing yoga and connecting with friends.