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3/02/2021  |   9:30 AM - 11:30 AM   |  Promoting the Social and Emotional Functioning of Children who are DHH Plus: A panel of parents and professionals   |  Networking

Promoting the Social and Emotional Functioning of Children who are DHH Plus: A panel of parents and professionals

Children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) who have other challenges, often referred to as DHH Plus, are estimated to comprise 40% of children identified as DHH. However, that percentage may increase when other, less readily identifiable issues emerge later in life, such as learning disabilities, or mental health difficulties. The unique needs of these children and their families are important for EHDI systems to consider. While the things that make DHH infants, toddlers and young children “Plus” can vary, one common thread is the need to promote the social and emotional functioning of the child, and that of their family members. This session will be facilitated by a panel of parents of children who are DHH Plus alongside professionals. Together, they will provide insights into the unique ways that “being Plus” can influence the social and emotional life of the child and the family. Informed by lived experiences and backed by scientific research, panelists will ‘make the case’ for why attending to the social and emotional development of the DHH Plus child is just as important as attending to the child’s medical, auditory, and language-learning needs. Gaps in research and training to serve this population will be described, leading to a discussion of ideas for effectively improve EHDI systems’ reach. This interactive workshop will expand on previous discussions about serving children who are DHH Plus and their families by creating opportunities for roundtable conversations to explore creative and unique solutions. With the additional time allotted in an instructional session, participants will be encouraged to identify specific areas of social and emotional concern either within their own families or the families that they support and to explore a variety of practical applications can be developed to contemplate and dig deeper into the topic.

  • Articulate, in words or in signs, two statistics/facts regarding the social and emotional development of children who are DHH Plus.
  • Tell a friend, in one’s own words, at least two reasons why it is important to be mindful of the social and emotional development of children who are DHH Plus.
  • Generate a plan for incorporating a minimum of two strategies to promote social and/or emotional development in one’s own family with a child who is DHH Plus, in the families that one supports as a professional, or in one’s local EHDI system.

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Presenters/Authors

Amy Szarkowski (), Children's Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf, Amy.Szarkowski@childrens.harvard.edu;
Amy Szarkowski, PhD, is the Director of The Institute at the Children's Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf (CCCBSD), and faculty for LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities), at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Szarkowski holds an academic appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is also an adjunct instructor for the Infants, Toddlers and Families (ITF) Interdisciplinary program at Gallaudet University.


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No relevant financial relationship exist.

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• Has a Professional (Research Committee Co-Chair) relationship for Volunteer membership on advisory committee or review panels.
• Has a Professional (Advisory Board) relationship for Volunteer membership on advisory committee or review panels.

Candace Lindow-Davies (), Hands & Voices Headquarters, Candace@handsandvoices.org;
Candace Lindow-Davies, Minnesota Hands & Voices, is the mother of a son who is profoundly deaf, and for the past eight plus years, developed and coordinated services for MN Hands & Voices/Guide By Your Side at Lifetrack Resources in Minnesota . For seven years, Candace has also served as a parent consultant for the MN Dept. of Health's Newborn Hearing Screening Program. She also chairs the MN Dept. of Health's Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee, representing parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.


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