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Managing Unilateral and Fluccuating Hearing Loss/Hearing Loss, Executive Functions and Theory of Mind

Families, school personnel, and medical personnel often have difficulty recognizing the needs of children with mild, unilateral, fluctuating and moderate hearing losses. Because these children seem to hear and function in some situations, it is difficult for families and school personnel 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. Children must have acoustic accessibility throughout the day to facilitate auditory brain development and to enable them to use audition to learn language and develop literacy.
This 3-hour presentation will feature a research to practice format. As an audiologist, I'm going to focus on auditory brain access through technology, followed by intensive auditory language stimulation in social environments. Information will apply to all children, with an emphasis on children with hearing loss.
The first part of the talk will include a discussion of sleep as related to the development of executive functions and learning. A conversation about executive functions will then occur. Executive functions, mediated through the frontal lobe, involve planning, decision making, and above all, inhibiting inappropriate and/or ineffective behaviors. Executive functions then will be linked to Theory of Mind (ToM) for the next part of the talk. ToM is the capacity to infer other people's mental states, and to use this information to predict behavior. Participants will take home strategies for "growing the child's brain"� for social-emotional enrichment and for the development of Executive Functions. The overall purpose of this talk is to provide information about the pivotal role of auditory brain growth and auditory exposure in the development of spoken communication, reading, social-emotional skills and cognitive functions in all children.

Event Details

Presenter: Dr. Carol Flexer
Location: Bucks IU, 705 N. Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA 18901

Event Dates

Event Options

Act 48 Hours: 6.5
In County Cost: $70
Out of County Cost: $70
ASHA Credit: 3
In County Cost: $70
Out of County Cost: $70
Non Act 48 Hours: 6.5
In County Cost: $70
Out of County Cost: $70