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Celebrating Read Across America

March 5, 2019—Clarke celebrated #ReadAcrossAmerica week in partnership with the National Education Association to emphasize the importance of literacy.[More]

Mandarin News and WJXT/Channel 4 Feature the Kilwins Ice Cream Run

March 1, 2019—The Kilwins Ice Cream Run, Saturday, March 30, is a fun-filled, family event featuring all-you-can-eat Kilwins Jacksonville Original Recipe Ice Cream at the finish line. Funds raised will support children who are deaf or hard of hearing, who are learning to listen...[More]

Parent Workshop in Northampton: Dangers of Social Media

February 26, 2019—Join us to gain knowledge to promote responsible use of digital tools while also obtaining the wisdom to prevent negative, irresponsible and malicious digital behaviors and trends. Richard Guerry is the author of multiple cyber safety books and has been a featured...[More]

Linking Friendship and Self-Determination

February 11, 2019—A new study co-authored by Brittany Dorn, MED, an itinerant teacher of the deaf and a Clarke Summer Camp advisor, finds that friendships and self-determination are two factors that positively influence success in school and adult life. [More]

 
January 21, 2014

Clarke Northampton Audiologist Selected to Present at Conference


January 21, 2014—Joni Skinner, AuD, an audiologist for Clarke's Northampton, MA Hearing Center has been selected as a Breakout Session speaker at "Map Through the Maze" in Marlborough, MA on May 21, 2014. This is a conference for Alzheimer Care Professionals. There is actually a "speaker wait list" so to be selected to present in the first round is quite an accomplishment.

Joni's talk, entitled Hear Me Now, Remember it Later: Hearing Loss and Dementia is scheduled during session B at 1:15 to 2:30 pm and will cover:

  1. The relationship between hearing loss and dementia.
  2. The impact of audiological treatment for individuals with memory loss.
  3. How to implement communication strategies for persons with both hearing and cognitive impairment.

This workshop will offer a review of the research that is revealing a strong correlation between hearing loss and cognitive function; provide increased awareness of how to provide enhanced support to your clients and their families with the goal of aging in place; and allow participants to gain a better understanding of how they can help those with dementia to optimize their ability to communicate and participate in the world around them thereby improving their overall quality of life.

This is a lot to pack into 1.25 hours hours, but this important topic will help to plant the seed with care givers, and will be a critical first step in providing services and support to this population.