Learning to Support Parents’ Emotional Experiences with Hearing Loss

The CARE workshop presenter speaking, participants with hands raised CARE workshop participants sitting around a table, talking

On October 2, 2015, audiologist Johnnie Sexton helped attendees understand the grief process when hearing loss is identified, and how it can influence parent ability to manage effectively.

Parents shared their stories and the impact on their lives. Dr. Sexton also shared documentary videos of experiences of other families.

Participants had the opportunity to learn about accepting, advocating, understanding the importance of processing emotions, and facilitating active listening between parents and specialists through the use of shared experiences.

On October 3, 2015 Javier Consentino, a licensed counselor, presented the workshop in Spanish for families and bilingual professionals.

USU Pediatric Audiology would like to thank Dr. Johnnie Sexton, Director of the CARE Project, Javier Consentino, the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, and Oticon for their support -- to support families and professionals in working together in help deaf and hard of hearing children reach their full potential.