Course Descriptions

ABIN 5101—Guided Observation of Listening and Spoken Language Practice
Broad overview of the issues regarding intervention with children who are deaf/hard of hearing using listening technologies to listen and talk. Emphasis is on the role of professionals with whom these children will work. Observations of therapies, parent-child interactions, classroom learning experiences as well as conversations with guest faculty are essential components of this course. (1 Credit, Lecture) (4 weeks: June)

ABIN 5103—Listening for Language Learning and Literacy
The role of audition for early language development to support reading outcomes is explored. Emphasis is on developing the listening and spoken language intervention techniques that assist in establishing a rich linguistic environment at home and at school to facilitate emergent literacy, codebreaking and reading with comprehension.  (3 credits, Lecture)

ABIN 5111—Effective Communication for Inter-Professional Collaboration
Exploration of the elements of conversational structure from the perspective of both the sender and the receiver.  Emphasis is on the thoughtful preplanning that increases the likelihood that conversations will be productive.  Roleplay activities and simulated conversations will contribute to the development of knowledge and skills that can result in more professional and collaborative conversations. (1 Credit, Lecture)

ABIN 5112—Family-Centered Intervention for Children who are Deaf of Hard of Hearing
The habilitation/rehabilitation of infants and children identified as having hearing loss requires a family-centered approach.  This course emphasizes the intervention that empowers families to take an active role in their child’s listening and spoken language development. Attention is given to the development of coaching and mentoring skills that guide families in capitalizing on the period of early learning. (2 Credits, Lecture)

ABIN 5121—Assessments, Instructional Design and Outcomes
Graduate seminar with emphasis on topics related to clinical or rehabilitative audiology. May be repeated for additional credit. Not to exceed a total of six semester credit hours.  A comprehensive survey of the materials available for the effective assessment of Listening and Spoken Language skills in children who are d/hh. The administration, interpretation, and application of results will be considered in regard to intervention planning and treatment options. Adaptation of common standardized assessments for the d/hh population will also be discussed. (1 Credit, Lecture)

ABIN 5123—Managing Listening Technologies and Environments to Maximize Listening and Spoken Language Outcomes
The delivery of audiology services to a school-based population. Includes the development, management and utilization of hearing and middle ear system screening programs, classroom acoustics, selection and fitting of classroom based amplification, and federal laws associated with children who have special needs.  Functional use of listening technology, its proper fitting, maintenance, and the need for good acoustic environments. Emphasis is on the relationship of LSL outcomes to device wear time, aggressive auditory management and timely intervention. (3 Credits, Lecture)

ABIN 5131—Telepractice for Families with Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Principles of delivering Listening and Spoken Language services through telepractice.  Emphasis is on the management of required technology as well as the skill set of the provider for distance intervention to families in remote locations. (1 Credit, Lecture)

ABIN 5201—Practicum in Listening and Spoken Language Development
Applied, supervised practicum experiences for graduate students that encompass the full breadth of the current scope of practice with both adults and children from culturally diverse backgrounds. Repeated registration is permitted. (1 Credit, Practicum)

ABIN 5401—Grand Rounds and Professional Practice
Final academic course in the Auditory-Based Intervention sequence.  Presentation of a case study highlighting assessment and intervention activities as well as an interpretation of child outcomes as a function of hearing history and intervention plan.  Issues related to ethical professional practice and ongoing professional learning are addressed. (1 Credit, Lecture)