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Concurrent 1.3 - Finding Function: Children with Multiple Diagnosis and Assessment & Intervention of AAC for DHH Children

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Finding Function: Children with Multiple Diagnosis

Working with a child that has hearing loss and other diagnoses takes a thoughtful team approach to maximize dedicated intervention time. Join the discussion on helping parents prioritize goals, review ways for interdisciplinary teams to identify the best strategies to reach those goals, and write personalized, functional goals to meet the needs of the child.

During this session, participants will:

  • Recognize opportunities for language development and physical development in their daily routines and settings.
  • Review collaboration strategies to prioritize functional goals across settings.
  • Receive ideas and direct instruction on how to write and track written goals for individual education plans.
Assessment & Intervention of AAC for DHH Children

This presentation focuses on patients and families with diagnosed hearing loss and additional disabilities who are assessed for and participated in aural habilitation/rehabilitation and speech/language focusing on development of listening and spoken language skills with support of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC).

During this session, participants will:
  • Explain how to assess for Alternative and Augmentative Communication in patients who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Explain how Alternative and Augmentative Communication can support listening and spoken language skills.
  • Discuss sensory appropriate modes of communication utilized in conjunction with auditory-verbal strategies.


  • Kaytie Cook-Ward, M.Ed

    Kaytie Cook-Ward earned her M.Ed from the Utah State University LSL program. She is passionate about providing services to rural communities and working towards quality inclusion programming through the support of multidisciplinary teams.

  • Lauren Munkondya M.Ed

    Lauren Smith Munkondya earned her M.Ed from Utah State University. She teaches preschool at Southern Utah School for the Deaf. She has presented at EHDI and AG Bell. She is passionate about partnering with parents.

  • Blair Richlin, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd

    Blair Richlin, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS AVEd, TSSLD is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS). She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Nazareth College as a member of the Deafness Specialty cohort. As an expert in modalities, she is highly specialized to provide support for listening and spoken language, total communication, Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC), and maximizing auditory input when American Sign Language is the primary language.

June 29, 2022
Wed 9:15 AM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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