Children with additional special needs are receiving cochlear implants in greater numbers. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device for people with severe to profound hearing loss designed to increase the user's sound awareness. Children with diagnoses in addition to hearing loss can benefit from a cochlear implant but the outcome and/or expectation for them may be different. Several diagnoses will be discussed along with factors to consider for successful implant use. This presentation will discuss factors to consider during the candidacy stage, important considerations for testing/MAPping, considerations for speech-language therapy, and the crucial role a team approach plays in working with children who receive cochlear implants and have other diagnoses in addition to hearing loss.
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Course created on June 2, 2010
- Participants will be able to identify factors that affect outcomes for children who receive cochlear implants.
- Participants will be able to identify creative methods for delivering audiological services.
- Participants will be able to develop strategies for developing listening skills.
- Participants will be able to describe the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach.
|5-25 Minutes||Candidacy Evaluation of Children for a Cochlear Implant|
|35-45 Minutes||Speech Therapy|
|45-50 Minutes||Working Together|
|50-55 Minutes||Case Studies|
pediatric cochlear implant audiologist
Holly S. Whalen, Au.D., CCC/A, is a pediatric cochlear implant audiologist at the UT Dallas/Callier Center which is a member of the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program, a collaboration of UT Dallas, UT Southwestern, and Childrens Medical Center. Dr. Whalen has provided evaluations and treatment for children with hearing loss including those with additional diagnoses for the last 5 years. She also provides education and training for doctoral students in the field of audiology. She has provided training for professionals around the State of Texas.
Melissa H. Sweeney
MS CCC-SLP, LSLS, Cert. AVT
Cochlear Implant Program Manager
Melissa H. Sweeney, MS, CCC/SLP, LSLS Cert AVT, is the Cochlear Implant Program Manager at the UT Dallas/Callier Center which is a member of the Dallas Cochlear Implant Program, a collaboration of UT Dallas, UT Southwestern, and Childrens Medical Center. Mrs. Sweeney has provided evaluations and treatment for children with hearing loss and their families for more than 11 years. She also teaches graduate level classes. She has served in appointed positions for the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has provided training and workshops for professionals and parents throughout Texas.
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