Assembling a Supportive Team for a Cochlear Implant Child
A child with a cochlear implant needs a team of people to properly support his or her needs at school. That team should include school-based professionals, CI clinicians, parents, child and classmates. The purpose of this seminar is to review the role of each team member and discuss how parents and others can encourage the child's support network to develop and flourish.
- Participants will be able to describe the role of school professionals in the cochlear implant process.
- Participants will be able to describe basic components of cochlear implant speech processors, including troubleshooting and coupling of cochlear implants to FM systems.
- Participants will be able to list ways clinics and school personnel can work together to maximize success for children with cochlear implants in the educational setting.
|5-15 Minutes||Building a Team: Who do we need on board?|
|15-25 Minutes||What School Professionals Need to Know about the Child's Technology|
|25-35 Minutes||What the Cochlear Implant Team Needs from School Team Members|
|35-50 Minutes||How Parents, Child and Peers can Contribute|
|50-55 Minutes||Keeping Teamwork Going|
Donna L. Sorkin
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 Cochlears 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.
Ms. Vereb is a clinical audiologist at the Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Michigan. She received her Masters in Audiology from Clarion University in 1995 and has worked at the University of Michigan since 2001. She is Program Coordinator of the Sound Support program a program designed to improve the quality, timeliness, and effectiveness of treatment received by children who are deaf and hard of hearing by provision of outreach training to professionals who serve children in the state of Michigan
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