Managing Unilateral, Mild, Moderate and Fluctuating Hearing Losses, and Addressing Sensory Intergration Issues in Children with Hearing Loss
When: Friday, February 16, 2018. 9 am - 4 pm (Registration begins at 8:30 am)
Where: Franklin Templeton (3355 Data Drive, 1st Floor Auditorium, Rancho Cordova, CA, 95670)
Description: This course will address two current topics: unilateral, mild, moderate, and fluctuating hearing losses, and sensory integration issues in children with hearing loss. Families, school personnel, and medical personnel often have difficulty recognizing the needs of and subsequent management protocols for children with mild, unilateral, fluctuating and moderate hearing losses. Because these children seem to hear and function in some situations, it is difficult to understand their auditory barriers. While these children hear loud speech and speech close by in a quiet environment, they do not hear soft speech or hear well in competing noise or at a distance. As a result, they miss critical information. The second part of this course will address sensory integration issues. Sensory integration is the process by which the brain processes and organizes sensory experiences in order to interact with the environment effectively. Sensory integrative dysfunction leads to ineffective learning and to ineffective listening and spoken language intervention. Children with hearing loss are vulnerable to co-occurring vestibular problems with subsequent sensory integration challenges. Symptoms and treatment options for sensory integration difficulties will be presented with emphasis on vestibular dysfunction that includes management of children with multiple challenges and special needs.