We’ve come a long way in helping children with hearing loss hear, listen, use spoken language and achieve impressive academic outcomes. But research shoes that we need to do more to support the social emotional wellness of children and teenagers with hearing loss and their families. 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. Johnnie Sexton shares tips about how professionals can better support families, and how The Care Project works to support young children and their families with hearing loss. Ken Levinson, the co-founder of Leadership Opportunities For Teens (LOFT) provides insight about how the I AM GREAT model is used with teenagers during LOFT to facilitate positive self-concept, social communication, self-advocacy and personal responsibilities. This quick course will present an overview the research on the perceptions of parents following diagnosis of hearing loss and the social-emotional wellness of children with hearing loss and their needs. Information about the support systems and programs available for individuals of with hearing loss and their families and the professionals who serve them is provided along with practical tips that can be used to better support families and to promote social-emotional wellness throughout the lifespan of the child.
Other Course Author
Ken Levinson, CPA is the co-creator and lead counsellor of AG BELL’S LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS (LOFT) program. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a partner in an accounting firm in San Francisco, California. Prior to that, Levinson was the executive director of The Children’s Hearing Institute in New York and a partner in another accounting practice in Los Angeles. He is currently the president of the board of directors of the Weingarten Children's Center. Levinson is a past president of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and has extensive current and past service on the boards of many other organizations. He is the 2006 recipient of AG Bell’s Honors of the Association award.
1. Identify barriers to sensitive and compassionate counselling in hearing health care.
2. Discuss the importance of parental, teen professional support in the transition from childhood to adulthood.
3. List two ways individuals with hearing loss and their families can be supported from time of diagnosis to teenage years.
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