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Working with Families of Newborns with Hearing Loss

Date: May 28, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Light Dinner 5:30 PM; Lecture and Presentation 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM


Lynn Spivak, PhD, CCC-A, Fellow of ASHA; Deborah Campbell, MD, FAAP

Sponsored by: The New York Community Trust, the NYAM Social Work Section and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University

Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Research indicates that early diagnosis and intervention is effective in ameliorating the developmental sequalae of hearing loss in infants. Universal newborn hearing screening is the first step in early hearing loss detection and has been found to be effective; children with hearing loss who have been screened shortly after birth are diagnosed and treated earlier than those not participating in these programs.  However, nearly half of infants identified by newborn hearing screening programs as potentially hearing impaired are lost to follow-up. Social work services for families that need support in the follow-up process are limited, and there needs to be a social service protocol for these families.  

This conference will address some of the current salient issues related to infant hearing loss. We will present research findings pertaining to psychosocial issues related to families choosing to follow-up or not follow-up at different points in the screening and diagnostic process. These findings will be useful to practitioners and researchers in a variety of health care disciplines. Additionally, we will be presenting and distributing a modular curriculum for teaching social workers, audiologists, and other health care professionals about infant hearing loss and providing strategies for working with families.

Call 212.822.7367 regarding any special food needs.

Keynote : “Collaboration is the Key to Early Intervention for Hearing Impaired Infants” 
Lynn Spivak, Ph.D., CCC-A, Fellow of ASHA
Former director of the Hearing and Speech Center at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and currently teaching undergraduate and doctoral courses at Hofstra, Adelphi and Queens College.

Remarks: Deborah Campbell, MD, FAAP
“A Parent's Tale: Life in the NICU and Beyond”
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Director, Division of Neonatology, Children's Hospital at Montefiore

“The Psycho-social impact of Infant Hearing Screenings on families”
Charles Auerbach, PhD
Professor Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University

Wendy Zeitlin, PhD
Assistant Professor Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University

Susan Mason, PhD
Professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University

Faculty Panel on Curricular Design
Susan Mason, PhD
Chair; Audiology Consultant

Lynn Spivak, PhD
CCC-A, Fellow of ASHA

Sarah Jane Dodd, PhD
Schools of Social Work Faculty
Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College 

Jeanne Finch, DSW
Schools of Social Work Faculty
Stonybrook University School of Social Work

MaryAnn Jones, DSW
Schools of Social Work Faculty
Silver School of Social Work, New York University

Brenda Williams-Grey, DSW
Schools of Social Work Faculty
Lehman College School of Social Work

Wendy Zietlin
Schools of Social Work Faculty
Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University


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