ERIC Number: ED372571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-3
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and School Psychology: Preparing To Serve More Children with Hearing Loss.
Mauk, Gary W.
While the commitment to technology for neonatal and infant hearing screening in this country has come a long way and is evolving rapidly, the average age of 18-30 months, at which young children with auditory disabilities are identified, is still unacceptable. The promise of earlier detection, diagnosis, and habilitation of hearing loss is within reach if: (1) there is appropriate understanding of the magnitude and consequences of the problem; (2) information based on past efforts is utilized; (3) there is the ability to evaluate and use emerging technologies appropriately; and (4) collaborative uses of resources and agencies already in place are developed. Appended material includes a public awareness hand-out, a time-line on early identification of hearing loss, a summary of studies on the incidence of hearing impairment in high-risk infants, a draft position statement on universal hearing screening of the Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs in State Health and Welfare Agencies, and suggestions for community/professional advocacy for early identification of hearing loss. Contains 94 references. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Auditory Tests, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Disability Identification, Early Identification, Early Intervention, Hearing Impairments, Infants, Neonates, Program Development, Public Policy, School Psychology, Screening Tests, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Office for Maternal and Child Health Services.; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Center for Persons with Disabilities.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (26th, Seattle, WA, March 3, 1994).