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ERIC Number: EJ996540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0042-8639
Connect"Hear" TeleIntervention Program
Lalios, Amy Peters
Volta Review, v112 n3 p357-364 Win 2012
"We wish we had that option in our area." "Wish we lived closer." "I wish I would have known." These statements, made by parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing, illustrate a frustrating reality for many families--a lack of access to qualified professionals and specialized services to help children with hearing loss develop listening and spoken language. When access to communication options and qualified professionals is not readily available where a family lives, parents may not be given unbiased information and consequently informed choices about service options may not be made. In the state of Wisconsin, access to certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS[TM]) was limited to a relatively small geographic region. The professionals at the Center for Communication, Hearing, & Deafness (CCHD) began to explore ideas to make all communication options, including listening and spoken language, accessible to families throughout the state no matter where they lived. The Connect"Hear" TeleIntervention Program was established to fulfill this commitment. Two primary questions addressed at the start of the Connect"Hear" program were: (1) Would this type of services delivery be feasible?; and (2) Could this service delivery model be effective for positive outcomes in auditory skill development and all aspects of spoken language? The experience with this program indicates that the answer to each question is "yes." CCHD and the Connect"Hear" program are grateful to the families and children who have helped explore the feasibility of this service and learn about telepractice. As advances in technology and service delivery models continue, CCHD values the possibilities of telepractice. The Connect"Hear" program continues to strive to provide access to qualified professionals and a choice of listening and spoken language for all families of children who are deaf and hard of hearing no matter where they live.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-337-5220; Fax: 202-337-8314; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin