A Child With Multiple Significant Needs - SLPA0019

A Child With Multiple Significant Needs

Helping Parents Face Their Greatest Fear

by Jean E. Lundy, EdD, CCC-A
(4.3 / 134 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.20 CEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


This module explains how parents and an early interventionist gradually learned of a young child’s multiple neurological disabilities: auditory neuropathy, visual impairment, and seizure disorder/epilepsy. The audiologist started early-intervention services when only one condition, hearing loss, had been diagnosed. Services begun in infancy included personal-adjustment counseling to help the child’s parents accept their unanticipated role of raising a child with hearing loss. Professional services ultimately expanded to address multiple significant needs. The module explores feelings of both the parents and the audiologist/early interventionist as the extent of the child’s needs became apparent. Family members worked through early disabling grief and learned to thrive although the child continued to function at a low cognitive and linguistic level.


The goal of this program is for professionals to realize families’ needs for personal-adjustment counseling and informational counseling about disorders that affect children’s speech and language development and to recognize atypical ways that children with severe disabilities may communicate. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • State ways that families’ day-to-day lives are affected when a disabling condition is diagnosed in a child
  • Describe differences between informational counseling and personal-adjustment counseling
  • Articulate steps to facilitate family functioning as part of speech-language services directed to a child
  • Describe intentional behaviors, prelinguistic communicative intents, and linguistic communication in a child with multiple significant needs 

Approval Information
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
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Remember, ASHA CEUs cannot be awarded retroactively, so it is very important that you follow the instructions for earning ASHA CEUs. If you have any questions, contact ce@oncourselearning.com or 800-866-0919. Only those participants who follow the instructions for earning ASHA CEUs will have their course information submitted to the ASHA CE Registry.
This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).
Jean Lundy, EdD, CCC-A, teaches audiology coursework at Metropolitan State University of Denver. For more than 20 years, she also provided early-intervention services to newborns to 3-year-olds with hearing loss. Dr. Lundy has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.

Course Originally Released on: 10/3/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/3/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Tara L - Clearwater, FL  ·  Nov 19, 2019
Very educational and informative.
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Gina M - Dubuque, IA  ·  Nov 13, 2019
informative beyond specific scope of practice for SLPs
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Veronica T - Elkhart, IN  ·  Nov 08, 2019
While the idea of using an actual family was good, I don't think it was explained super well. There should have been more connection between what the course was on and the family, rather than just talking so much about that particular family.
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Chelsea S - Austin, TX  ·  Aug 03, 2019
I enjoyed this story-telling context
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Rebecca P - Elkton, MD  ·  Jul 30, 2019
This course provided quite a bit of information, though the format of presentation was a bit confusing.
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Price: $20.00
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