IDA INSTITUTE ADDS NEWBORN RESOURCES TO HEARING LOSS TOOL
The Ida Institute has included a new chapter on newborns to age 3 to its renamed Growing Up with Hearing Loss tool. The new chapter is a useful resource for parents to recognize the changes and challenges of their baby or toddler in the first three years of their lives, and provides suggestions to help parents and other caregivers support the child's development of language, emotions, social skills, and learning abilities. Originally the Transition Management tool, the updated Growing Up with Hearing Loss tool offers insight into new environments, social needs, and new skills needed in the following age groups: 0-3 years old, to 3-6 years old, 6-9 years old, 9-12 years old, 12-18 years old, and 18-plus years old. Each is broken down into three sections. The “Be Inspired by Others” section houses short videos of families sharing their experiences, while the “Am I Ready?” section prompts parents to think about what they know and how they feel and offers suggestions for topics to discuss with their audiologist. The final section, “Develop New Skills,” offers ideas that audiologists can provide for families to promote healthy development.
CSD SVF TO PARTNER WITH FIRST DEAF WOMEN-OWNED ETHERAPY STARTUP
Communication Service for the Deaf has named the first deaf women-owned National Deaf Therapy (NDT) the next business partner of its Social Venture Fund (CSD SVF). NDT offers web-based mental health services with licensed therapists who are deaf and fluent in ASL through a secure video platform in nine states. NDT addresses a huge gap in the deaf community regarding the availability of culturally and linguistically competent mental health resources and support, said Dominic Lacy, CSD's chief innovation officer and head of CSD SVF. “Their platform, being virtual, will allow them to develop their licensed therapist pool through peer support and across multiple states in a scalable business model,” he said. NDT is fully compliant with HIPAA, and accepts most major health insurance. The CSD SVF fund and incubator program will provide the eTherapy service with capital funding, mentorship, and business resources through this partnership. NDT is CSD's fourth SVF investment partner, following DeafTax, Mozzeria, and reFORT.
HHTM LAUNCHES NEW CONSUMER SITE
The team behind Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) has created FindHearing.com, a new online resource for consumers with hearing loss. This new website will share weekly news and opinion articles to engage consumers about their hearing health care. The mission of FindHearing.com is to inform, educate, and empower them about the importance of hearing health care. Creating this new resource was a logical next step to reach the growing numbers of consumers online who are searching for reliable information about hearing health care, said Kevin Liebe, AuD, the president and CEO of the HHTM Group. Counted among the regular contributors to FindHearing.com are well-known voices in the hearing industry, Gael Hannan and Shari Eberts, who also frequently contributes content to The Hearing Journal's Patient Handout collection. Other professional contributors and advisors to FindHearing.com include: Robert Traynor, AuD, Brian Taylor, AuD, Marshall Chasin, AuD, Brady Workman, AuD, and Nick Fitzgerald.
ASHA PUBLISHES FIRST CHILDREN'S STORY
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has published its first children's story titled Everybody Needs a Turn, which details the experience of a young girl as she deals with feeling left out when her brother gets extra attention because of his difficulty communicating. Brothers and sisters may feel left out or even like a less important member of the family when so much time, energy, and attention is dedicated to a sibling's treatment, said Denise Underkoffler, MA, CCC-SLP, the book's author. “Parents should reassure them that they are valued and loved,” she said. “Parents and speech-language pathologists should remember that everybody needs a turn when participating in family activities and even speech-language sessions when possible.” Nearly one in 12 (7.7%) of U.S. children aged 3 to 17 has had a disorder related to speech, language, voice, or swallowing in the past 12 months, and many of them have siblings. Some siblings may feel that their needs come last, and this story seeks to highlight that. The book is available on ASHA's website at http://bit.ly/2QYRfGu.