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The NJ EHDI Program is pleased to announce open registration for the second presentation of our 2012 Pediatric Hearing Healthcare Teleconference Series, to be held on Tuesday, June 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This presentation is entitled:

"Help Us Help Them—Connecting Audiologists with the Consultants on Hearing Loss to Better Serve Families"

Presented by New Jersey Early Intervention Consultants on Hearing Loss:
Barbara Hayes, TOD, MEd., LSLS Cert. AVEd. and Theresa Dodd, M.A., CCC-SLP

SUMMARY: Ms. Hayes and Ms. Dodd will be covering the following topics in their teleconference presentation:

  • Role of NJ Early Intervention Consultants on Hearing Loss
  • Rationale for having and utilizing the consultants
  • Content and topics consultants plan to discuss with families—handouts and binder information
  • Review of information consultants plan to provide to families
  • Overview of Early Intervention process and referrals, incl. presumptive eligibility
  • Objectives and goals in partnering with audiologists—what we think we need for our ongoing working relationship
  • Questions and Answers


Barbara Hayes is a teacher of the deaf, currently teaching in a full-day preschool class in a program for the deaf and hard of hearing for Bergen County Special Services in New Jersey. She works with the children in the classroom, serves families through the parent educational program and provides early intervention to families both in home- and center-based settings.

Barbara graduated from Tufts University with degrees in Early Childhood Developmental Psychology and Education with a minor in Mental Health. She received her master's degree as a teacher of the deaf from Western Maryland College in 1982. She has worked in a variety of settings and states including Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey in private schools, public schools and state school settings. She has focused on early childhood, teaching children birth through 6 years of age. She received her LSLS Cert. AVEd. in 2008. She has taught in a multitude of settings including an ASL setting, total communication settings and auditory/oral Settings. Barbara is a member of AG Bell and serves on the Academy certification committee as well as the mentorship committee. In 2009, she represented AG Bell at the Virginia DOE conference speaking on a variety of topics including LSLS strategies in the classroom and the ramifications of late onset diagnosis regarding language development. She is a mentor for current Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS™) candidates.

Theresa Dodd is a speech-language pathologist currently providing early intervention for the deaf and hard of hearing and their families. Theresa is employed full-time with Mountain Lakes Early Intervention Program, where she serves children who attend the full-time Ivy Nursery Program for children with hearing loss, as well as provides home-based early intervention sessions. She is also employed with Summit Speech School's early intervention program. She is experienced in providing speech therapy using both a total communication and a listening and spoken language approach.

Theresa completed her bachelor's degree in speech-language pathology at Loyola University in Maryland before moving to Washington, D.C. to earn her master's in speech and hearing science at George Washington University. During her time at George Washington, she completed the Cochlear Implant Fellowship at the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, where she worked for the Listening and Spoken Language certification program. Theresa remained in the Washington, D.C. area and worked as a speech-language pathologist in a private practice for children with hearing loss. During that time, she provided home-based early intervention services as well as center-based sessions for the deaf and hard of hearing and their families using listening and spoken language.

If you are interested in participating in this teleconference, please register via e-mail to Nancy Schneider, M.A., CCC-A, FAAA at: by Monday, June 11th.

Only those individuals who have RSVP'd to this conference directly from their own work or personal e-mail address will be given the opportunity to receive one continuing professional education hour that can be applied to their New Jersey Audiology License. Please note that NJ EHDI will not accept a group email registration - an email sent by one audiologist on behalf of their work colleagues will not be not be accepted as individual email addresses are necessary for continuing education documentation.

Please include in the following in your email registration:

  • Name of facility where you are employed
  • County in which you are employed
  • Indicate if you currently are providing diagnostic audiologic services to children from birth to age 3

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is an approved sponsor of continuing education as per 13:44C-6.6 of the NJ Administrative Code - Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee.

Registrants for this presentation will receive follow-up information on Thursday, June 14th which will include conference materials as well as call in-information to the teleconference.

If you have any questions regarding this conference, please don't hesitate to contact Nancy Schneider at 609-943-4795 or

Hope you can join us as the NJ EHDI program welcomes the newest members of the NJ Early Intervention team!

Best regards and 'Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month' to all!

Nancy G. Schneider, M.A., CCC-A, FAAA
Audiologist/Research Scientist II
New Jersey Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program
Early Identification and Monitoring Program
Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services
Division of Family Health Services
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
PO Box 364
Trenton, NJ 08625-0364
609-943-4795 (voice)
609-633-7820 (fax)

The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing Position Statement.  The committee, with representatives from a range of disciplines and organizations, and representation from the American Academy of Audiology by Alison Grimes and Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, has produced this best-practices, evidence-based guideline on newborn hearing screening, audiologic and medical diagnosis and audiologic, medical and educational management (Early Intervention), for the infant with hearing loss or deafness.

JCIH Position Statement Updates:

  • Definition of targeted hearing loss
  • Hearing screening and rescreening protocols
  • Diagnostic audiologic evaluation
  • Medical evaluation
  • Early Intervention
  • Surveillance and Screening
  • Communication
  • Information Infrastructure

The Position Statement is avaliable on the AAA's web site

A free hour of continuing education credit for newborn hearing screening is available online here. Other modules are also available at the same website. (Click on "Available Courses.")

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