17th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
March 18-20, 2018 • Denver, CO

Presenter Information

Abstract Guidelines

We will begin accepting abstracts for the 2018 EHDI Annual Meeting on July 21, 2017.

Please continue to check back for updates and information on scoring criteria, tracks, and presentation formats. This information will be posted as soon as it is finalized and prior to the July 21st start date for abstract submissions.

Abstracts will close on September 25th, 2017.

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Abstract Notification
Contributors will be notified about whether the abstract has been accepted on or about November 16, 2017. (If you have not received notification by November 16, please contact ehdiconference@usu.edu)

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Below are the 2018 abstract guidelines.

Tracks
Abstracts for presentations or posters can be submitted in one of the following ten program tracks. All presenters are encouraged to include information in the abstract that demonstrates collaboration among EHDI stakeholders. The tracks (along with a few illustrative ideas for each track which are not meant to be limiting) are listed below.

  1. EHDI Program Enhancement (e.g., efforts to improve any component of an EHDI program, systems change initiatives, protocol improvement, extending EHDI to other populations)
  2. Audiological Services (e.g., improving diagnostic protocols, fitting and management of hearing aids, cochlear implants, or FM systems, improving access to hearing technology, counseling families following audiological diagnosis, tele-audiology)
  3. Language Acquisition & Development (e.g., helping early intervention specialists, parents, and others understand the language development process, understand the impact of early language development on achieving school-readiness and social/emotional well being; research on evaluation and intervention driven by language assessment; giving families tools and strategies to evaluate and maximize language acquisition/development on an ongoing basis)
  4. Early Intervention (e.g., improving educational programs for 0-5 year olds, coordination and communication among early intervention and EHDI programs, transition between programs, the role of non-Part C services, providing culturally competent services, reaching underserved populations, evaluation and intervention in regards to speech/language assessments, tele-intervention)
  5. Medical Home (e.g., providing family-centered health care within a community-based system, coordinating care between primary care providers, specialists, subspecialists, and other health care professionals, delivering health care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, compassionate, culturally effective and efficient for all involved, screening during well-child care)
  6. Follow-up, Tracking and Data Management (e.g., strategies for improving loss to follow-up, innovative tracking systems, using tracking information for quality improvement)
  7. Family Perspective, Engagement and Support (e.g., families reinforce and suggest improvement to EHDI programs, strategies for how parents can be effectively engaged and build meaningful stakeholder partnerships in EHDI systems, implementation of effective parent support programs, parent education, including the impact of deafness or hearing loss on language and literacy development and social well-being)
  8. Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement (e.g., efforts to assess quality of services or data, quality improvement efforts, results of statewide program evaluations, reporting to funders and administrators, strategies for assuring quality, function and utilization of EHDI advisory committees)
  9. EHDI Workforce Issues, Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Issues (e.g., pre-service and in-service education for EHDI providers, workforce shortages and how to reduce them, strategies to address knowledge gaps, mandates for insurance coverage for hearing aids, securing funding for program improvement, public awareness campaigns, state legislative or advocacy efforts)
  10. Adult DHH Mentor/Role Model/Guide Information, Support and Involvement (e.g. adults who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) offer reinforcement and improvement to EHDI systems, strategies for how adults who are DHH can be effectively engaged and build meaningful stakeholder partnerships within EHDI systems, implementation of effective DHH Mentor/Adult Role Model/Guide programs, how to utilize adults who are DHH in supporting families including the impact of hearing loss on language and literacy development and social well-being)

Abstracts that are considered to be a commercial product endorsement in the opinion of the EHDI Program Committee will not be accepted. All abstracts must be in English. Presenters must register for the EHDI Meeting.

Abstract Review and Scoring
The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Annual Meeting strives to provide key stakeholders an opportunity to identify areas of concern, promote collaboration, and share best practices. EHDI Meeting participants range from state and local programs to the federal level and from academicians to families.

The Meeting goals are to enhance the implementation of comprehensive state-based EHDI programs and improve EHDI services. This includes current research and research methods related to EHDI, cultural competence of providers and assessment of their abilities to work with children who have hearing loss, their families and communities and enhancing and creating new and ongoing working relationships.

Abstract submissions will be reviewed and scored according to the following criteria by a committee appointed by the EHDI Meeting Planning Committee.

  1. Relevance and significance to the early identification of hearing loss and early intervention services for infants and young children with hearing loss and their families. [1 - 20 points]
    • The abstract should address a current topic and information appropriate for the purposes of the Meeting goals.
    • The abstract should address important issues or gaps related to improving state-based EHDI services.
    • The abstract should inform, enable, or update others in improving EHDI services regarding potential issues related to clinical practice, education of professionals/families, or future research.
    • The abstract should have the potential to advance the practice/knowledge base of EHDI.
    • The abstract should expand the discussion or perspective to build on existing knowledge or address new knowledge, discoveries, methodologies, tools, technologies, or practices.
  2. Overall clarity [1 – 10 points]
    • The abstract should be well written and organized in a coherent manner.
    • The amount of information to be presented should be appropriate for the proposed session length and format.
    • The abstract should clearly describe the presentation’s goals and learner outcomes.
    • The abstract should provide prospective participants enough information to determine if the session will meet their needs.
    • If research results are included, they should be clearly described and supported by statistical findings with the conclusions supported by the results.