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ERIC Number: ED429787
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 9
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Multidisciplinary Training for Rural Outreach to Children with Cochlear Implants.
Schery, Teris K.; Tharpe, Anne Marie
The number of deaf children with surgically implanted cochlear devices has been increasing since the device was approved in 1989. In rural communities, there may be no one who is knowledgeable about the care of cochlear implants, what to expect of the child's communication abilities, and how to maximize the child's progress. A federally funded training program at Vanderbilt University was designed: (1) to increase the number of trained professionals in three communication-related disciplines who are prepared to serve on cochlear implant teams and are knowledgeable about the best practices in educational management of deaf children with cochlear implants, and (2) to provide related inservice training to daycare, preschool, and school district personnel in rural areas of middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. The program is a three-semester sequence that begins with a multidisciplinary seminar including selected students from audiology, speech-language pathology, and deaf education. During the second semester, students are placed in various settings with children who have cochlear implants. In the third semester, students work in multidisciplinary teams to provide support and inservice training, primarily to school districts. The curriculum emphasizes problem-based learning and reflects four major competency strands: multidisciplinary team functioning, knowledge of cochlear implant technology, knowledge and skills for effective communication rehabilitation, and knowledge and skills of adult learning methods. Benefits of the training program are outlined for children, university students, professionals, and community members. Contains 11 references. (CDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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