This session will review four key topics that impact a child's outcomes with a cochlear implant: (1) maximally using the sound processor, (2) empowering parents to promote auditory learning (3) addressing needs in school settings, and (4) involving friends and family members to aid in the child's personal development. Each topic will be explored by sharing a series of tips and related resources that can help families and professionals achieve the best possible outcome.
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Course created on July 30, 2008
- Upon completing this course, users will be able to recommend practices for parents and educators to maximize outcomes with a child's sound processor.
- Upon completing this course, users will be able to outline ways in which a therapist can guide a parent to encourage auditory learning for his/her child with cochlear implant(s).
- Upon completing this course, users will be able to name strategies to aid parents and educators in providing a positive learning environment for a child with cochlear implant(s).
Donna L. Sorkin, MA
Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas
Donna Sorkin, M.A. is Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas. In that capacity, she leads a range of activities at Cochlear aimed at the broad life needs of people with hearing loss including Cochlear’s widely acclaimed HOPE program on (re)habilitation for children and adults and their families. Donna was executive director of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (now Hearing Loss Association of America) and she also served as executive director of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Access Board in 1994 and served two terms. She served on the National Institute on Deafness (National Institutes of Health) Advisory Board and has advised numerous U.S. businesses on accessibility for people with disabilities. Donna currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Gallaudet University and Colorado Neurological Institute.
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