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
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
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.
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