Participants will learn about the current research, challenges and best practices for serving students who have hearing loss and additional disabilities.
This webinar will begin by examining the prevalence and wide range of additional disabilities that can co-occur with hearing loss. At least 40% of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) have additional disabilities (DHH Plus). We will examine the reasons for this high percentage and the risk factors for additional disabilities that are often, but not always, associated with childhood hearing loss. Due to newborn hearing screening, hearing loss may be the first disability identified and the recognition and diagnosis of additional special needs may be significantly delayed. In other cases, identification of hearing loss can be delayed when it is part of a complex medical or developmental condition. We will then consider some of the challenges for diagnosis and provision of appropriate services. Few professionals have the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to address both the hearing and the diverse additional needs of children who are DHH Plus and, similarly, few diagnostic, educational and therapeutic programs are designed to address these complex needs. Children who are DHH Plus require specialized expertise from an expanded educational and therapeutic team. We will examine the educational placement and technology considerations, as well as best practices that support children’s optimal development and academic achievement. We will then hear brief interviews with professionals, caregivers and the students themselves about their own experiences and their recommendations for effective ways to support students who are DHH Plus and their families. Attendees will also learn about expanded cochlear implant (CI) candidacy, ease of device use and supports available to families of implant candidates and recipients from MED-EL.
This webinar has been approved by AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language to offer LSLS CEUs. Certificates of attendance will be provided.
Who Should Attend
Barbara Hecht, PhD
Barbara Hecht, PhD
National Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Clarke
Barbara F. Hecht, PhD is the National Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. She served for the past 11 years as director of Clarke Boston and of Clarke’s tVISIT early intervention teleservice program. Dr. Hecht received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Psychology from Harvard University and her doctorate in Linguistics and Child Language Development from Stanford University. Dr. Hecht has worked with families of young children with hearing loss and has trained parents, teachers, speech-language pathologists, pediatricians and other professionals for almost 30 years. Prior to joining Clarke, she was president of the John Tracy Clinic (JTC) center for young deaf and hard of hearing children and their families, a member of the Special Education faculty at UCLA, and a clinical faculty member at the University of Southern California, the University of San Diego and California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Hecht serves on state and national deaf and hard of hearing boards, task forces and research advisory groups and is a co-writer of the 2018 Edition of Optimizing Outcomes for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Education Service Guidelines published by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.
Live English captioning and ASL will be provided. (Requests for accommodations were due by October 31, 2022.)
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