This 5-part webinar series is focused on the growing evidence of the need for pediatric vestibular evaluation, as well as the availability of successful treatment options for children. Guest editors, Dr. Devin McCaslin and Dr. Jennifer Christy along with a team of leading experts will present on select articles from a recent issue of the journal Seminars in Hearing (Issue 03 · Volume 39 · 2018).
Course created on October 5, 2020
- After this course, participants will be able to discuss which etiologies of SNHL are most likely to have associated vestibular impairment and describe the signs and symptoms as well as diagnostics tests that can facilitate the diagnosis of vestibular impairment. (Part 1)
- After this course, participants will be able to list at least two potential referral sources for pediatric balance evaluation and treatment and identify three key team members that make up a multidisciplinary pediatric balance center. (Part 2)
- After this course, participants will be able to select appropriate tools to screen children for vestibular related impairments, for whom vestibular function testing is warranted. (Part 3)
- After this course, participants will be able to describe oculomotor physiologic correlates and explain oculomotor research involving the pediatric population. (Part 4)
- After this course, participants will be able to list which tests of vestibular function are appropriate for children based on their age. (Part 5)
|0-60 Minutes||Cochlear Implants and Children with Vestibular Impairments, presented in partnership with Seminars in Hearing|
|60-120 Minutes||Development of a Pediatric Balance Center: A Multidisciplinary Approach, presented in partnership with Seminars in Hearing|
|120-180 Minutes||Considerations for Testing and Treating Children with Central Vestibular Impairments, presented in partnership with Seminars in Hearing|
|180-240 Minutes||Oculomotor Assessment in Children, presented in partnership with Seminars in Hearing|
|240-300 Minutes||Quantitative Vestibular Function Testing in the Pediatric Population, presented in partnership with Seminars in Hearing|
Sharon Cushing, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Sharon Cushing is a full time pediatric otolaryngologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and an Associate Professor and Clinician Investigator in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto. She is the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at the Hospital for Sick Children.
Dr. Cushing has a clinical and surgical interest in disorders of the external, middle and inner ear, including hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction. Her research interest include vestibular and balance function and dysfunction in children, and its association with hearing loss and cochlear implantation.
Katheryn Bachmann, PhD
Katheryn "Kay" Bachmann, Ph.D. has been an audiologist for 27 years and is currently the Coordinator of Research for the Pediatric Balance Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She attended Miami University (Ohio) as an undergraduate and earned her M.S. from the University of Akron before earning her PhD from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Bachmann specializes in the evaluation of dizziness and balance disorders in children, both clinically and through her research at Cincinnati Children’s. She has co-authored a number of articles and book chapters in the area of pediatric hearing and balance and has given numerous presentations in her career. Dr. Bachmann is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati, where she advises student capstone projects and teaches the vestibular courses to AuD candidates.
Violette Lavender, AuD
Jennifer B. Christy, PhD, PT
Jennifer Braswell Christy, PT, PhD is Associate Professor and DPT Program Director at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Christy has been a faculty member at UAB since 2004 and teaches Neuroscience, Scientific Inquiry, Pediatrics and Vestibular Rehabilitation in the DPT program. Dr. Christy is the Director of Research for the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Her primary area of research is in the development of innovative intervention methods to improve gaze stability and balance in children with vestibular-related impairments. Related to this area of research, Dr. Christy teaches numerous continuing education courses in the U.S. and abroad.
Steven M. Doettl, AuD, PhD
Dr. Doettl is a Professor, clinical supervisor and practicing audiologist in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, College of Health Professions, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is the Coordinator of the University of Tennessee Hearing and Speech Center Dizziness Clinic, which provides clinical vestibular assessments for infants to adults. He is also the Director of the Vestibular and Balance Laboratory with specific research interests focusing on accuracy and efficiency of vestibular assessment as well as assessment in the pediatrics and in the hearing-impaired populations. Dr. Doettl has presented and published recently on the international, national, regional, and local levels regarding vestibular assessment and its relation to traumatic brain injuries, cochlear implantation, pediatric vestibular assessment, BPPV, and interdisciplinary approaches to dizziness. He is a current member of the American Balance Society and serves on several Editorial Boards for peer review.
Devin L. McCaslin, PhD
Devin McCaslin is the Director of the Vestibular and Balance Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. He has authored and coauthored publications that cover the areas of tinnitus, dizziness, auditory function, and outcome measures development. He is also the author of the textbook VNG/ENG (Plural). Dr. McCaslin’s major academic, clinical and research interests relate to clinical electrophysiology, tinnitus, and vestibular assessment and management. He is currently a co-principal investigator on a National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders funded grant investigating the high frequency aspects of vestibular function. Dr. McCaslin has served on the American Balance Society Board of Directors, American Academy of Audiology Board of Directors, and is the past president of the American Balance Society. He currently serves as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, sits on the American Auditory Society Board of Directors.
Kristen L. Janky, PhD
Dr. Kristen Janky is Clinical Coordinator of Vestibular Services and Director of the Vestibular and Balance Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Her PhD is from the University of Nebraska. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on the effects of vestibular loss in children.
Amanda I. Rodriguez, PhD, AuD
Dr. Amanda Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Concussion and Vestibular Evaluation Laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). She received her AuD-PhD from Texas Tech University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Her research interests include examining the effects of sports concussion on the vestibular system and implications of chronic vestibular loss on behavior and lifestyle. Dr. Rodriguez is a practicing vestibular audiologist and coordinates the vestibular and concussion services for the UNL Barkley Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic and the Nebraska Athletic Department.
Katheryn Bachmann: Financial: Katheryn Bachmann is employed by the Pediatric Balance Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Katheryn Bachmann is a reviewer for JAAA; Co-author of Standard Practice Document for Pediatric Vestibular Assessment
Violette Lavender: Financial: Violette Lavender in employed by the Pediatric Balance Center at Cincinnati Children’s hospital. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Violette Lavender is the Co-author of Standard Practice Document for Pediatric Vestibular Assessment.
Jennifer B. Christy: Financial: Jennifer B. Christy received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Jennifer B. Christy has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Steven Doettl: Financial: Steven Doettl received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Steven Doettl has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Devin McCaslin: Financial: Devin McCaslin is employed by Mayo Clinic. He received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Devin McCaslin has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Kristen L. Janky: Financial: Kristen Janky is employed by Boys Town National Research Hospital. She is a NIH Grant Recipient. She is a consultant for Natus, and an Editor of Balance Function Assessment and Management Textbook. She is a Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Audiology. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Kristen Janky is President of the American Balance Society.
Amanda I. Rodriguez: Financial: Amanda Rodriguez in employed by the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. She received NIH T32 post-doc stipend during the time this chapter was written. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Amanda I. Rodriguez is a American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, Board of Ethics Member.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by Seminars in Hearing, a publication of Thieme Medical Publishers, in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
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