19th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
March 8-10, 2020 • Kansas City, MO

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 Using Visual Activity Schedules and Video Models to Facilitate Audiological Testing for Children with Autism

Recent incident rates suggest that 2-14% of children with hearing loss also have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Due to the complex developmental challenges of these children, providers may have difficulty performing assessments, making diagnoses, and managing these children. For clinical audiologists who have limited experience testing children with ASD, there is a common belief that reliable behavioral results cannot be obtained from these children. However, research indicates that behavioral thresholds can be collected from the majority of children with ASD, and the use of transition and modeling strategies can further improve success rates. Two strategies that are particularly effective for children with ASD are: Visual Activity Schedules and Video Models. Visual Activity Schedules are comprised of pictures and/or words that show the sequence of steps involved in an activity. Video Models are videos of a child performing a certain step in an activity and are often used in conjunction with a Visual Activity Schedule. This presentation aims to educate audiologists on the feasibility of testing children with ASD and to provide them with tools to supplement their established protocol. We will provide example Visual Activity Schedules and Video Models that are designed for audiological behavioral testing procedures.

  • Attendee will better understand strategies that can be used to collect behavioral thresholds from children with autism.
  • Attendee will be familiar with the use of visual activity schedule in clinical settings.
  • Attendee will be familiar with the use of video models in the clinical setting.

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Presenter: Samantha Brumbach

Samantha Brumbach, B.S. is a doctoral student in the University of Colorado, Boulder Audiology Program and a LEND fellow. She is interested in working with the pediatric population and improving the level of care provided to children with developmental disorders. She is also interested in global health and increasing access to services internationally. She is currently working as a research assistant in a study that examines the relationship between cardiovascular disease and the peripheral auditory system in adults.


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Presenter: Ashley Malley

Ashley, originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, completed her bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi. Now a third-year audiology doctoral student at The University of Colorado Boulder, she has been strongly committed to a career in pediatric audiology throughout her graduate program. Ashley joined JFK Partners in Summer of 2017 and worked with three LEND Fellows to develop visual activity schedules and video models to help facilitate audiological testing for children with autism. She also worked with SLP students in a program called “Story of Friendship,” which facilitates goal orientation and friendship development in young children with Autism. She appreciates the exceptional opportunities offered through LEND to enhance her clinical skills and develop relationships with the professionals at JFK partners.


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Presenter: Haley McTee

Haley McTee is a third year doctoral student in the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of Colorado Boulder. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado Boulder with a double major in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences and Psychology. She is a LEND fellow, as well as the representative of Colorado for the National Student Academy of Audiology. In the future, she is interested in working with the pediatric population, and hopes to specialize in Cochlear Implants. She is also interested in early language acquisition, sign language, and Deaf culture.


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Presenter: Elizabeth Pancoast

Liz Pancoast is a second year AuD student at the University of Colorado Boulder where she also received her BA in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She has a particular interest in pediatric audiology and cochlear implants. She hopes to work in either an educational or hospital setting in the future. She is excited to currently be part of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program and to be working in Dr. Angela Bonino’s auditory development lab at CU Boulder.


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Presenter: Tammy Fredrickson

Dr. Fredickson is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Fredrickson works with AuD students both as a clinical supervisor at the University of Colorado Hospital Department of Hearing and Balance and as Director of Audiological Services. As Director of Audiological Services, she coordinates practicum experiences for audiology graduate students and ensures that the AuD program continues to meet the high standards of accreditation. She received her BS (1996) and MS (1998) from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and her PhD from University of Colorado Boulder in 2010. Dr. Fredrickson’s primary area of interest is infant speech perception. She has worked with colleagues to develop a clinical tool to assess infants’ abilities to discriminate speech sounds: Visual Reinforcement Infant Speech Discrimination (VRISD). University of Colorado Hospital now uses this tool regularly as a component of their test battery when working with infants with hearing loss. Recent and future VRISD studies include investigating the development of infant speech perception and how an infant’s ability to discriminate speech sounds relates to physiological changes as well as language abilities. Other areas of interest include auditory processing testing and rehabilitation and clinical supervision. Dr. Fredrickson holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a Fellow with the American Academy of Audiology.


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Presenter: Amy Thrasher

Amy Thrasher is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.She has developed a program for young children with ASD focusing on joint attention and peer interaction. In collaboration with the Temple Grandin School, she has developed a social communication intervention program for adolescents with autism and similar learning profiles using coaching and video self-review, Perspectives. Amy Thrasher also leads a family education and support group during the summers for families of young children with Down syndrome, Early Circles. Her areas of specialization include child communication development and intervention, assessment in early childhood, social communication, peer interaction, inclusion, early literacy development, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down syndrome, parent education and support, Interactive Language and Learning Strategies (INREAL), The Storybook Journey approach to curriculum, clinical pedagogy and program development.


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Presenter: Sandra Gabbard

Sandra Gabbard is an Associate Professor of Audiology at the University of Colorado where she is the Coordinator of the Pediatric Audiology LEND MCHB training grant, which supports AuD students and post-doctoral audiologists to expand their expertise in pediatric audiology. In addition, Sandra is the CEO/President and audiologist at the Marion Downs Center, a non-profit community clinic which provides services in audiology, speech therapy, and more.


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Presenter: Christine Yoshinaga-Itano

Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano is a Research Professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science, Center for Neurosciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder, the Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology at the University of Colorado-Denver and the Marion Downs Center. In 1996 she developed the Marion Downs National Center. Since 1996, Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano has assisted many state departments of education and public health agencies, schools for the deaf and the blind, and early intervention programs throughout the United States and its territories. In addition, she has served as a consultant for many countries currently developing their early hearing detection and intervention programs, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Korea, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, the Philippines, and South Africa.


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Presenter: Angela Bonino

Dr. Angela Yarnell Bonino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Bonino's research is in the area of human auditory development. Dr. Bonino is also affiliated with the Colorado Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. She completed her clinical training in audiology at Vanderbilt University, and her Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in auditory development at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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