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Our October 27th conference is for YOU!

We’ve come a long way in helping children with hearing loss hear, listen, use spoken language and achieve impressive academic outcomes. But research shows that we need to do more to support the social emotional wellness of very young children with hearing loss and their families. Cheryl DeConde Johson and Carrie Spangler believe that support should begin at the moment of diagnosis and continue well into adulthood and should be provided by a collaborative team of professionals and family members. Audiologists, speech-language pathologists, teachers of the deaf, social workers and family members…we’re talking about you! Come and join us at WESS on October 27, 2017 to learn how YOU can help raise social-emotional wellness.

Abstracts & Learner Outcomes
We encourage you to go to our website to learn about our presenters, access the conference Abstracts and Learner OutcomesTimed Agenda and register for the event.

Grab a poster here.

Early-bird registration draw
The first 50 registrants will be entered in a draw (to be held on October 1, 2017) for a chance to WIN free admission to a future WESS conference, so register today!

WESS is a great place to get Continuing Education (CEUs)
SoundIntuition is an approved CEU provider for AGBell and ASHA. Due to the quality content of our events, we have been approved for 6 CEUs for past conferences.

Network with colleagues from across the country
Not only do we bring you fantastic speakers but our conferences also attract attendees from across our great country. At past conferences, we have had professionals from Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland & Labrador. Bring your business cards, work the room and make lasting relationships with colleagues from coast to coast.

Special Student Rate
We encourage students to attend our conferences because we believe the content of the day is hugely beneficial to learning. When registering, students can use promo code SWESS1017 to get the special rate.

Research Posters
We love students and we know you do as well! This October we will again showcase research from various universities in our intimate and interactive conference setting. Come prepared to learn from these amazing student poster presentations.

Call for Posters

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Timed Agenda
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8:45-9:00amWelcome
9:00-10:30amSession 1: Development of Self, Self-Concept, Self-Determination & Self-Advocacy (Building block sequence; Social communication and social cognitive skills that underscore social relationships and friendships; Wellness Model (Ida)) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
10:30-10:45amBREAK / Posters
10:45am - 12:00pmSession 2: Strategies and Resources to Support Young Children (Self-determination planning activity) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
12:00pm-12:15pmInspiration Session — Jennifer Tai and Jason Lee
12:15-1:00pmLUNCH
1:00-1:30pmSpeed Poster Presentation — Karen Gordon
1:30-2:30pmSession 3: Strategies and Resources to Support Teens (Bullying conversation; Mindmapping activity; Self-Advocacy Checklist) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
2:30-2:45pmBreak
2:45-4:00pmSession 4: Consumer and Parent Perspectives — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:00-4:30pmQuestions & Answers with Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:30-4:40pmClosing Remarks / Draw
4:45pmAdjournment

Registration
Registration for WESS conferences is managed through ConstantContact and you may choose to pay by credit card in advance or select the pay-at-the-door option. We don not accept Purchase Orders.

Advanced Payment by credit card
Both VISA and MasterCard is accepted and processed through PayPal. Registration is guaranteed only after your VISA or MasterCard has been processed.

On-site Payment
We accept payment by cash, cheque or credit card at the conference registration desk on the day of a conference. Cheques must be made payable to Revinet Inc. Registration is guaranteed only after your cheque has cleared. If your cheque is returned, SoundIntuition reserves the right to cancel registration if an alternate approved payment is not supplied.

Refund Policy
Cancellations must be made by email and if cancelled at least sixty (60) days prior to an event, your refund will be in full. If cancellation is made less than sixty (60) days before an event, the refunded amount will be less a $50 admin fee.

 

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October 27th WESS conference in Toronto

We’re excited about our upcoming WESS conference on Friday October 27th, 2017 and we’re sure that  you’re going to want to attend. The day will be packed with great presentations by Carrie Spangler, Educational Audiologist at Summit Educational Service Center, and Cheryl Deconde-Johnson, Owner/Consultant at The ADEvantage: Audiology – Deaf Education Vantage Consulting Services.

Abstracts & Learner Outcomes
We encourage you to go to our website to learn about our presenters, access the conference Abstracts and Learner OutcomesTimed Agenda and register for the event.

Grab a poster here.

Early-bird registration draw
The first 50 registrants will be entered in a draw (to be held on October 1, 2017) for a chance to WIN free admission to a future WESS conference, so register today!

WESS is a great place to get Continuing Education (CEUs)
SoundIntuition is an approved CEU provider for AGBell and ASHA. Due to the quality content of our events, we have been approved for 6 CEUs for past conferences.

Network with colleagues from across the country
Not only do we bring you fantastic speakers but our conferences also attract attendees from across our great country. At past conferences, we have had professionals from Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland & Labrador. Bring your business cards, work the room and make lasting relationships with colleagues from coast to coast.

Special Student Rate
We encourage students to attend our conferences because we believe the content of the day is hugely beneficial to learning. When registering, students can use promo code SWESS1017 to get the special rate.

Research Posters
We love students and we know you do as well! This October we will again showcase research from various universities in our intimate and interactive conference setting. Come prepared to learn from these amazing student poster presentations.

Call for Posters

 

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Timed Agenda
Download a .pdf version

8:45-9:00amWelcome
9:00-10:30amSession 1: Development of Self, Self-Concept, Self-Determination & Self-Advocacy (Building block sequence; Social communication and social cognitive skills that underscore social relationships and friendships; Wellness Model (Ida)) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
10:30-10:45amBREAK / Posters
10:45am - 12:00pmSession 2: Strategies and Resources to Support Young Children (Self-determination planning activity) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
12:00pm-12:15pmInspiration Session — Jennifer Tai and Jason Lee
12:15-1:00pmLUNCH
1:00-1:30pmSpeed Poster Presentation — Karen Gordon
1:30-2:30pmSession 3: Strategies and Resources to Support Teens (Bullying conversation; Mindmapping activity; Self-Advocacy Checklist) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
2:30-2:45pmBreak
2:45-4:00pmSession 4: Consumer and Parent Perspectives — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:00-4:30pmQuestions & Answers with Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:30-4:40pmClosing Remarks / Draw
4:45pmAdjournment

Registration
Registration for WESS conferences is managed through ConstantContact and you may choose to pay by credit card in advance or select the pay-at-the-door option. We don not accept Purchase Orders.

Advanced Payment by credit card
Both VISA and MasterCard is accepted and processed through PayPal. Registration is guaranteed only after your VISA or MasterCard has been processed.

On-site Payment
We accept payment by cash, cheque or credit card at the conference registration desk on the day of a conference. Cheques must be made payable to Revinet Inc. Registration is guaranteed only after your cheque has cleared. If your cheque is returned, SoundIntuition reserves the right to cancel registration if an alternate approved payment is not supplied.

Refund Policy
Cancellations must be made by email and if cancelled at least sixty (60) days prior to an event, your refund will be in full. If cancellation is made less than sixty (60) days before an event, the refunded amount will be less a $50 admin fee.

April 21st WESS conference in Toronto

Great Expectations: Enhancing Auditory
Development for Children with Hearing Loss

We’re excited about our upcoming WESS conference on Friday April 21st, 2017 and we’re sure that  you’re going to want to attend. The day will be packed with great presentations by Ryan McCreery of Boys Town National Research Hospital, Susan Scollie of the University of Western Ontario and Stacey Lim from Central Michigan University.

2017 WESS presenters

Abstracts & Learner Outcomes
We encourage you to go to our website to learn about our presenters, access the conference Abstracts and Learner OutcomesTimed Agenda and register for the event.

Early-bird registration draw
The first 50 registrants will be entered in a draw (to be held on March 24th) for a chance to WIN free admission to a future WESS conference, so register today!

2017 WESS Sponsor logos

WESS is a great place to get Continuing Education (CEUs)
SoundIntuition is an authorized CEU provider for AGBell and ASHA. Due to the quality content of our events, we have been authorized to offer 6 CEUs for past conferences.

Network with colleagues from across the country
Not only do we bring you fantastic speakers but our conferences also attract attendees from across our great country. At past conferences, we have had professionals from Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland & Labrador. Bring your business cards, work the room and make lasting relationships with colleagues from coast to coast.

Special Student Rate
We encourage students to attend our conferences because we believe the content of the day is hugely beneficial to learning. When registering, students can use promo code ST042117WESS to get the special rate.

Call for Posters

Research Posters
We love students and we know you do as well! This November we will again showcase research from various universities in our intimate and interactive conference setting. Come prepared to learn from these amazing student poster presentations.

register

Timed Agenda
Download a .pdf version

8:45-9:00amWelcome
9:00-10:30amSession 1: Development of Self, Self-Concept, Self-Determination & Self-Advocacy (Building block sequence; Social communication and social cognitive skills that underscore social relationships and friendships; Wellness Model (Ida)) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
10:30-10:45amBREAK / Posters
10:45am - 12:00pmSession 2: Strategies and Resources to Support Young Children (Self-determination planning activity) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
12:00pm-12:15pmInspiration Session — Jennifer Tai and Jason Lee
12:15-1:00pmLUNCH
1:00-1:30pmSpeed Poster Presentation — Karen Gordon
1:30-2:30pmSession 3: Strategies and Resources to Support Teens (Bullying conversation; Mindmapping activity; Self-Advocacy Checklist) — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
2:30-2:45pmBreak
2:45-4:00pmSession 4: Consumer and Parent Perspectives — Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:00-4:30pmQuestions & Answers with Carrie Spangler & Cheryl DeConde Johnson
4:30-4:40pmClosing Remarks / Draw
4:45pmAdjournment

Registration
Registration for WESS conferences is managed through ConstantContact and you may choose to pay by credit card in advance or select the pay-at-the-door option. We don not accept Purchase Orders.

Advanced Payment by credit card
Both VISA and MasterCard is accepted and processed through PayPal. Registration is guaranteed only after your VISA or MasterCard has been processed.

On-site Payment
We accept payment by cash, cheque or credit card at the conference registration desk on the day of a conference. Cheques must be made payable to Revinet Inc. Registration is guaranteed only after your cheque has cleared. If your cheque is returned, SoundIntuition reserves the right to cancel registration if an alternate approved payment is not supplied.

Refund Policy
Cancellations must be made by email and if cancelled at least sixty (60) days prior to an event, your refund will be in full. If cancellation is made less than sixty (60) days before an event, the refunded amount will be less a $50 admin fee.

November 4th, 2016 WESS conference

Click to download the Conference Abstract and Timed Agenda

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Most early intervention programs and the professionals who work with children with communication disorders and their families, promote and engage in inter-professional practice to optimize outcomes. Inter-professional practice requires effective collaboration among parents1 and key players of the intervention team; which may include an audiologist, speech-language pathologist, auditory-verbal practitioner, social worker, psychologist, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, special educator and/or a physician. The effectiveness of inter-professional practice is enhanced by the team members’ ability to clearly establish their role in the intervention, knowledge of one another’s scope of professional practice, mutual trust and respect, commitment to building relationships, and the extent to which the team has organizational supports2.

At November’s WESS conference a group of distinguished speakers from a number of professional disciplines will present on various topics related to inter-professional practice, disorders that occur with or without hearing loss that impact the development of listening and spoken communication, and case studies that demonstrate inter-professional collaborative practice in action. In addition, there will be a presentation by a parent and her teenage son that demonstrates collaborative care and its outcomes from the family’s perspective.

Poster presentations by professionals and graduate students will provide insights into current research in the field of communication disorders and topics related to inter-professional practice.

Date: Friday, November 4th, 2016
Time:   8AM-4:30PM
Venue: Novotel North York, Toronto Ontario
Professionals: $275.00pp
Students* / Parents: $175.00pp
A Night of Celebration (reception): $25.00pp **
– all prices are subject to HST –

Distinguished Speakers

Ellen Yack, Sara Koke, Maria (Mila) Melo, Lanni Zinberg-Swartz, Marlene Bagatto, Comrie and Julie Ward [Presenter Bios]

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Timed Agenda

Conference Abstract & Timed Agenda

8:45-9:00amWelcome
9:00-10:15amSession 1: Understanding Sensory and Motor Challenges Experienced by Children with Hearing Loss — Ellen Yack
10:15-10:45amBREAK / Posters
10:45 - 11:45amSession 2: Toronto Infant Hearing Program Inter-professional Practice: Promoting Collaboration with Families and Professionals — Sara Koke and Mila Melo
11:45am-12:15pmInspiration — Comrie and Julie Ward
12:15-1:00pmLUNCH / Research Posters
1:00-1:15pm‘Speed Poster Presentations’
1:15-2:15pmSession 3: Hickam’s Dictum: Exploring the Co-Occurrence of Hearing Loss and ASD — Lanni Zinberg-Swartz
2:15-2:30pmBreak
2:30-3:15pmSession 4: Effective Teams Support Promising Outcomes: An ANSD Case Study — Marlene Bagatto
3:15-4:15pmSession 5: We Are Stronger Together! Case Studies and Discussion — Moderator — Ellen Yack
4:15pmClosing Remarks / Draw, Adjournment

Call for Posters

We invite all participants and attendees to submit posters on topics related to any of the above mentioned topics. Poster Submission criteria.

Deadlines for submission is October 15, 2016.

Payment

On the registration page, you may make payment using VISA or MasterCard. Payment will also be accepted at the registration table on the day of the event by cheque made payable to REVINET INC.


  1. Parents may include guardians, extended family members such as grandparents and siblings.
  2. Interprofessional Collaborative Teams © 2012, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. 

* Students are required to provide Student  ID at the registration desk on the day of the event
** reception is non-refundable

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Why we believe in continued education

Stephen Owen

Growing up I learned that one can get great lessons from parables. What may appear, at first blush, to be just a simple tale can many times have a profound impact on its hearer.

Allow me to share one such story that I think encapsulates why, at SoundIntuition, we do what we do.

A very strong woodcutter once asked for a job with a timber merchant, and he got it. His salary was really good and so were the working conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his very best.

His boss gave him an ax and showed him the area where he was supposed to fell the trees. The first day, the woodcutter brought down 15 trees.

” Congratulations,” the boss said. ” Carry on with your work!”

Highly motivated by the words of his boss, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring 10 trees down. The third day he tried even harder, but he was only able to bring down 7 trees.

Day after day he was bringing lesser number of trees down.

” I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

” When was the last time you sharpened your ax?” the boss asked.

” Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my ax. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”

Continued education is key and it’s why we offer this blog, it’s why we provide training and it’s the driving reason behind the conferences we host. We believe that good is not good when better is expected. We believe that sharpening our skills from time to time is the key to success.

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The origin of the quoted parable is unknown.
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Register for the October 30th WESS conference in Toronto

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Registration: 7:45 a.m.
Conference: 8:45 sharp – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Gibson Ballroom of Novotel (Hotel)
3 Park Home Avenue, North York M2N 6L3 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2015-WESS-price

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*$275 (+HST) for professionals; $175 (+HST) student rate with code;
HST is already included in the price on the registration page


Get to know our speakers:

Dale Atkins     |    Dave Sindrey    |    Karen MacIver-Lux

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Dr. Dale AtkinsDale Atkins, Ph.D. 

The author of several books, textbook chapters, and articles in popular and professional journals, “Dr. Dale”, as she is widely known, is a highly regarded motivational and keynote speaker who lectures worldwide at business, health, educational, and social service venues. With a special gift for presenting complex psychological, sociological, and educational research in understandable terms she appeals to a wide variety of audiences.

Dr. Atkins frequently comments on NBC’s Today Show and CNN’s Headline News about social / relationship issues. Additionally, she is a consultant and on-screen expert for several award-winning documentaries, news programs, and educational training films. She serves on the Boards of several non-profit local and national organizations and educational institutions whose foci are literacy, tolerance, wellness, community action, and child protection. An active volunteer, she and her dog are a certified “dog therapy team.”

Dr. Atkins earned a Ph.D. at the University of California at Los Angeles in Educational Psychology (Early Childhood Education); an M.A. in Special Education (Deafness) from Teacher’s College at Columbia University; and a B.S. from New York University. She has a private psychology practice in New York City.

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Dave SindreyDave Sindrey, S-LP, Cert. AVT

David has published numerous workbooks and resources to help children of all ages learn to listen.  He is both the author and illustrator of the material he produces. Some of those include Listening Games for Littles (1997, 2002) and the Cochlear Implant Auditory Training Guide (2004). Mr. Sindrey has also developed several online resources including the the ListeningRoom at Advanced Bionics,  Speechtree, Listeningtree, and Actividades de Audición for Programa Infantil Phonak in Spain. His listening activities have been translated to Dutch, German, Spanish, French and Korean.  Since 2012 he has designed and illustrated 9 apps on iTunes that help develop and/or assess listening skills for children with hearing loss. Mr. Sindrey is currently working on completing a combined Masters of Audiology and PhD in Hearing Science at the University of Western Ontario, in London Ontario Canada where he lives with his family.

Karen MacIver-LuxKaren MacIver-Lux, Aud, Cert. AVT

AVT® is the president of SoundIntuition where she oversees the development of online training programs and products for professionals engaged in serving individuals who have communication disorder(s).

Karen has held the position of Lecturer in the School of Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University, and is currently a consultant to WE Listen International Inc. She has given numerous presentations internationally, and provides mentorship to professionals.

From 1997-2007 Karen worked as an auditory-verbal therapist and coordinator of clinical services at the Learning to Listen Foundation (LTLF), North York General Hospital in Toronto. In addition, she worked as a clinical audiologist for several years.  She also served as a director of the board of Auditory-Verbal International, Inc.  Karen has a congenital severe to profound hearing loss and is a graduate of LTLF.

Karen was honored by Maclean’s magazine as one of the Top 100 young Canadians of 2000 and received the Who’s Who in Students of American Colleges and Universities Award in 1993.

Karen has made contributions to the literature including: How the Student with Hearing Loss Can Succeed in College (2nd ed.) (1996), 50 FAQs About AVT (2001), Songs for Listening! Songs for Life!(2003), Listen to This! – Volume I (2004), The Listener (2000, 2005), Listen to This!-Volume 2 (2006), Auditory-Verbal Therapy and Practice (2006), Perspectives on Audiology (2009), 101 FAQs of AVT (2012) and Cochlear Implants (2014).

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A Global Effort to Help Children With Hearing Loss in Vietnam Learn to Listen and Talk

PaigeStringer

The sounds of children laughing and chatting on the playground are what first greet visitors approaching the gates of the early intervention building at Thuan An Center in Vietnam. One would think this was a typical playground scene found anywhere in the world, and it is, save for one extraordinary element. These young children, vocally communicating with each other and their parents, are all deaf or hard of hearing. This is one example of success resulting from the hard work that has been done in Vietnam over the last several years to make it possible for such young children with hearing loss to learn to listen and speak.

Thuan An Center is a residential school for the deaf established in the 1800’s by a French priest. The grounds with its colonial buildings have retained much of its old-world flair. About 200 boys and girls older than 7 years of age who are deaf come here from provinces around South Vietnam to board and acquire a sign language-based education. In the late 1990’s, the director of Thuan An Center, Nguyen Thanh Thu Thuy, took part in a training program in Europe that taught about the benefits of early intervention in helping young children with hearing loss learn to listen and talk. She learned that all children develop language in the first years of life. And, that it is critical to introduce sound to children who are deaf or hard of hearing through hearing aids or cochlear implants as soon as possible and provide early intervention services to foster their listening and spoken language abilities. Thuy returned to Thuan An Center determined to establish such early intervention services at her center for toddlers and children under 6 years of age with hearing loss. She struggled at first because it was a challenging undertaking in a country that lacked the necessary knowledge and expertise to make such a venture successful.

Global-Foundation-For-Children-With-Hearing-Loss

My first visit to Thuan An Center was in 2008 as part of a volunteer assignment to teach English. Thuy had never met an adult such as myself who was born with hearing loss and yet communicates solely through listening and spoken language. Upon introductions, Thuy immediately led me into her office, sat me down, and asked me to share my background. I told her about how I was identified with severe to profound hearing loss at 11 months of age and fit with hearing aids while my family was living in England as expatriates. I shared with her the audiology and early intervention services that I and my family received in those first years in both England and in the United States. That early support enabled me to enroll into mainstream schools throughout my academic career starting at kindergarten. After earning a Master’s degree, I held various marketing positions, including at Fortune 100 companies, for several years.

I knew that services for children with hearing loss in low and middle income countries such as Vietnam were not at the same level as in the United States and other higher income countries. However, I was still touched by Thuy’s intense interest and marveling reaction to my life experiences that derived as a result of the early support I received. As I engaged with the children at Thuan An Center over the next several weeks and learned from their teachers about their limited future education and employment prospects, it struck a chord with me. It did not seem right that these children would have reduced opportunities in their lives simply because of the lack of awareness and resources for pediatric hearing loss that exists where they were born.

There are no audiology degree programs in Vietnam. Most of the teachers and therapists working with children with hearing loss have undergraduate degrees in special education. There are no advanced degrees in deaf education. Only in recent years has a speech pathology certificate program been established.

During that first visit to Vietnam, I did teach English. However, it soon became clear that my purpose was going to be much broader. Thuy brought me with her to various meetings with colleagues and academics. She would nudge me, “Paige, just say something. Say anything.” I would say a few words and she would point at me with eyebrows raised. Her eyes dancing in excitement, she remarked to anyone who would listen, “See! See what is possible for someone born with a severe to profound hearing loss?”

I asked Thuy what would be most useful in her efforts to develop services for children with hearing loss in her country. She could have focused on her own school and the needs of her own fledging early intervention program. Instead, she expressed an urgent wish for a training program that would educate teachers, therapists, and other professionals throughout her country about how to help children 0-6 years of age with hearing loss learn to listen and talk. A training program would transfer essential knowledge to the Vietnamese so they could provide direct service to the children and also prepare them to train others in the country. The whole system of early education for these children could then improve and become more widely available to families. It was a powerful vision and one that I immediately got behind.

Paige-Stringer

After returning to Seattle, Thuy and I communicated via email to develop a proposal for a multi-year program to bring training in audiology, early intervention, auditory-verbal practice, and speech pathology to Vietnam. I shared our vision with professionals in my city working in audiology and auditory-verbal practice and they volunteered to lend their expertise to the effort. We worked together to develop a curriculum that they and others in their respective fields would teach in Vietnam.

As I sought funding and support from organizations to bring our proposal to life, I recognized an opportunity to develop an alternative model to what currently existed to address pediatric hearing loss in developing countries. The Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss was established in 2009 with this model in mind.

The Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss takes a comprehensive, long-term view to the issue of pediatric hearing loss. Our approach is to collaborate with local partners across education and hearing health care in a developing country to identify and address gaps in the country’s support system for babies and young children with hearing loss learning to listen and talk. We promote early identification of hearing loss. We provide training to professionals and families about best practices in audiology, early intervention, and auditory-verbal practice. We help establish new processes. We work to raise awareness about pediatric hearing loss and how it can be addressed.

Our Vietnam Program launched in July, 2010 with a Summer Training Program involving 95 teachers and therapists representing 35 schools across 20 provinces in South Vietnam. In 2011, we added our audiology training program for audiology technicians. Soon after, we started a hospital program to train medical professionals and ENT doctors. We also initiated training sessions to parents of children with hearing loss so they could learn how to support their child’s listening and spoken language development. Today, our Vietnam Program touches over 250 education and healthcare professionals working in hospitals, clinics, and schools across North and South Vietnam who collectively serve over 1,000 children with hearing loss and their families.

We provide hearing aids to children in need as part of the clinical aspect of our audiology training efforts to give the Vietnamese opportunities to practice what they are learning. The children are then supported ongoing by the technicians we train. Our curriculum is taught by a team of about 40 Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss volunteer professionals in speech pathology, audiology, otolaryngology, and auditory-verbal practice from the United States and other countries. They volunteer their expertise and time to this effort throughout the year.

A key tenant of our program is to prepare the Vietnamese participants to not only do the work themselves, but then to train others, making the benefits exponential and sustainable. Our program has created a network of support across audiology, otolaryngology, auditory-verbal therapy, and deaf education that is strengthening the system for families of children with hearing loss in Vietnam.

Moving forward, the Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss plans to establish regional audiology centers and provide additional training to address the need for more accessible pediatric audiology care in the provinces. In July 2015, the Global Foundation will graduate a group of Vietnamese therapists and teachers from its program. These teachers and therapists will be involved in future training of additional Vietnamese professionals in Global Foundation programs in Vietnam.

The Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss has received attention from other developing countries for its successful model. We are currently exploring opportunities to expand our work to other developing countries that have requested our support.

Stringer-Vietnam

Back at Thuan An Center, an early intervention building was constructed on school grounds in 2011. Thuy chose a bright yellow for the façade as a “symbol of hope and promise for families”. Today, the center’s 70 students range between 1.5 to 6 years of age who are all fit with hearing aids and cochlear implants and are learning to listen and talk. The Global Foundation has been training all of their early intervention teachers and therapists as part of its program over the years. The center recently established an audiology booth that is staffed by a technician we trained. In each year since its inception, growing numbers of children have “graduated” out of the Thuan An Center early intervention program to attend the local mainstream school.

The collaboration between the Vietnamese and the Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss is a demonstration of what is possible when a committed group of caring professionals and families across the world share a vision and work together to make positive change.

Paige Stringer,
Founder and Executive Director Global Foundation For Children With Hearing Loss

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