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

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3/08/2020  |   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM   |  Let’s Talk! Speaking Two Languages with Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing   |  Northrup

Let’s Talk! Speaking Two Languages with Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The United States Census reports that over 20% of families in the United States speak a language other than English in their home, and this number is projected to continue to rise. The deaf and hard of hearing community has similar statistics; according to the Listening and Spoken Language Data Repository, 79% of families spoke English as their primary language. Using two or more languages is a natural occurrence in the hearing world but is often discouraged by educators and therapists when addressing deaf and hard of hearing children. In this presentation, we will discuss research that has revealed that teaching children with hearing loss multiple spoken languages is both possible and beneficial to the child including the development and improvement of executive functions such as: working memory, reasoning, task flexibility, planning and execution. We will identify the obstacles and advantages of working with families who speak more than one language and offer practical solutions to barriers that stand in the way of supporting these families. Participants will discover ways to adapt Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) intervention for multilingual families.

  • The participant will review several research studies with bilingual children who use hearing aids or cochlear implants.
  • The participants will identify obstacles and solutions when working with bilingual families.
  • The participants will discuss ways to adapt listening and spoken language strategies for multilingual families.

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Barbara Meyers (), St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, bmeyers@sjid.org;
Barbara Meyers is an early intervention therapist for the ihear online therapy program at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, and she does in home therapy for First Steps in Missouri. She holds a Master of Arts in Special Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. Barb has been teaching deaf and hard of hearing children for over 40 years. Barb’s previous experience working with children at SJI includes teaching in the preschool department and educating families. Barb currently teaches a curriculum course in the Early Intervention in Deaf Education Master’s program at Fontbonne University and is a supervising teacher for graduate students doing practicum work in that program. Barb has worked with families who speak 2 or more languages including Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic and Mandarin.


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Caitlin Stacy (), St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, cstacy@sjid.org;
Caitlin graduated from Fontbonne University in St. Louis in 2013. She has 6 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist with the early intervention department at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf-Indianapolis. Caitlin is almost finished with her listening and spoken language certification and has worked with families who speak Spanish, French, Chinese and Fanta.


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Megan Perria (), St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, mperria@sjid.org;
Megan Perria earned a bachelor's degree in deaf education from Eastern Michigan University with a minor in early childhood education. She also holds a master's degree in deaf education from San Diego University in conjunction with John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, California. She is certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist(LSLS Cert AVEd). She worked as a preschool teacher for St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf-Indianapolis before changing roles to providing early intervention services to families who have children with hearing loss. For the past 6 years she has worked in the state of Indiana with young children and their families who speak 2 or more languages including Vietnamese, Burmese and Spanish.


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Mariana Barquet (), Hands & Voices, mbarquet@isdh.in.gov;
Mariana is the mother of two children, her youngest was born profoundly deaf. Her biggest passion is to ensure that every Hispanic child with hearing loss in Indiana has access to and receives qualified services to meet their needs and achieve successful outcomes.


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