Research Mentor(s)

Douglas Sladen, Kimberly Peters

Description

Undiagnosed hearing loss can have an especially devastating effect on young children. Without proper assessment, a child may have limited access to language and auditory input, and their speech and language skills may be negatively impacted. Research has shown that early intervention is related to positive developmental outcomes in children with hearing loss. Therefore, it is beneficial for these children and their families to receive support as early as possible. The present study has two main goals. Firstly, this study seeks to examine the implementation of three major national goals of early hearing intervention in Washington State, focusing primarily on the time that passes between each of these three recommended steps for individual families. Secondly, this study is concerned with parent perspectives on potential barriers along the path to intervention that may limit the family's return for services. In an attempt to reveal what obstacles impact a family’s pursuit of early intervention in Washington State, an online survey was developed for parents of children diagnosed with permanent hearing loss in Washington State. Participants will be linked to a secure and anonymous online survey that was developed using a survey building program licensed through Western Washington University. The link will be distributed via email and on the website of Washington State Hands and Voices. The format will consist of approximately 20 questions and is estimated to take 15 minutes to complete. The content is focused on the experience of the parents or guardians of the child with hearing loss during the detection, diagnosis, and intervention periods. The survey will ask about their child’s progression through the intervention process, collecting data on the amount of time it took to progress from one step to the next, as well as data on which factors parents believe to have negatively impacted their experience.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

17-5-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

17-5-2018 3:00 PM

Location

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Keywords

Early intervention, Newborn hearing, Family experiences, Washington State

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English

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Family Experiences Related to Early Hearing Intervention Guidelines in Washington State

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Undiagnosed hearing loss can have an especially devastating effect on young children. Without proper assessment, a child may have limited access to language and auditory input, and their speech and language skills may be negatively impacted. Research has shown that early intervention is related to positive developmental outcomes in children with hearing loss. Therefore, it is beneficial for these children and their families to receive support as early as possible. The present study has two main goals. Firstly, this study seeks to examine the implementation of three major national goals of early hearing intervention in Washington State, focusing primarily on the time that passes between each of these three recommended steps for individual families. Secondly, this study is concerned with parent perspectives on potential barriers along the path to intervention that may limit the family's return for services. In an attempt to reveal what obstacles impact a family’s pursuit of early intervention in Washington State, an online survey was developed for parents of children diagnosed with permanent hearing loss in Washington State. Participants will be linked to a secure and anonymous online survey that was developed using a survey building program licensed through Western Washington University. The link will be distributed via email and on the website of Washington State Hands and Voices. The format will consist of approximately 20 questions and is estimated to take 15 minutes to complete. The content is focused on the experience of the parents or guardians of the child with hearing loss during the detection, diagnosis, and intervention periods. The survey will ask about their child’s progression through the intervention process, collecting data on the amount of time it took to progress from one step to the next, as well as data on which factors parents believe to have negatively impacted their experience.

 

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