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October 19, 2012

Clarke PA Hosts Professional Seminar on Social Connectedness for Children with Hearing Loss


October 19, 2012—On Friday October 12th, Clarke Pennsylvania hosted a one-day seminar focused on social cognition and psychosocial issues related to hearing loss in children from infancy through adolescence. Over 80 professionals, some traveling from as far as Maine, attended the seminar at LaSalle University. The program was eligible for both AG Bell Academy of Listening and Spoken Language (LSLS) CE credit and ASHA CEUs.

Guest speaker Ellen A. Rhoades, EdS, LSLS, Cert. AVT, delivered an engaging presentation on socio-emotional competence. Ms. Rhoades is an international consultant and mentor on auditory-verbal practice for practitioners, families, and programs. She has been recognized with many awards including Outstanding AV Clinician of the Year from Auditory Verbal International, Outstanding Professional of the Year and Outstanding Program of the Year from AG Bell, and the Nitchie Award in Human Communications from the League for the Hard of Hearing. Her first book, Auditory-Verbal Practice: Toward a Family Centered Approach, was published in 2010. Her second book is currently in press. Additionally, she has authored many book chapters and papers for peer-reviewed publications. In spite of her congenital bilateral 85 dB HL PTA deafness, Ellen was a successful hearing aid user, having benefited from auditory-verbal intervention in the 1940s. Due to sudden loss of her residual hearing, she became a bilateral cochlear implant user in 1996.

Clarke PA hosts a one-day seminar for professionals every October. For more information on this and other workshop and training opportunities, visit http://www.clarkeschools.org/for-professionals.