This presentation describes general guidelines that may be used to set performance expectations for children receiving cochlear implants. Rationale for adapting these general benchmarks to individual implant users will be discussed. Case Examples will reinforce the principles described.
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Course created on December 7, 2005
- Participants will be able to define a "benchmark of performance."
- Participants will be able to list general performance trends of cochlear implantation for children implanted before 2 years of age.
- Participants will be able to compare expectations for special populations to general performance.
Mary Ellen Nevins, EdD
experienced teacher of children who are deaf and hard of hearing
Mary Ellen Nevins, Ed.D. is an experienced teacher of children who are deaf and hard of hearing as well as a veteran teacher educator. Nevins entered the field of implantation in 1987, when she joined the team at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital as an educational consultant while at the same time coordinating the teacher preparation program at Kean University in New Jersey. She has a national reputation as an expert on the educational issues facing children with cochlear implants and speaks and writes widely on this topic. Now in private practice as a Professional Development Specialist, Nevins is poised to publish her third book with co-author Pat Chute entitled School-Based Professionals Working with Children with Cochlear Implants in the spring of 06. She teamed with her colleague, Ashley S. Garber, CCC-SLP to develop and implement educational programs for Cochlear Americas. She provides consultant services to the HOPE program as it continues to address the varied needs of school personnel.
Ashley Garber, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT
owns Listening and Language Connections, LLC,
Ashley S. Garber, MS CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT owns Listening and Language Connections, LLC, a private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan dedicated to Auditory Verbal Therapy and family-centered aural habilitation services for children and adults with hearing impairment. She has over 12 years of experience in the field with time as a parent -infant therapist at the Bill Wilkerson Center in Nashville Tennessee and as a private therapist and in-class aide for a child with a cochlear implant in Valencia, Venezuela. She spent 4 years as the speech language pathologist at the University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program specializing in assessment and habilitation services for the center’s pediatric recipients. She had been a consultant to the Cochlear Americas' HOPE program since 2004.
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