Audiologists and Educators: Bridging the Gap

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HO1-Bridging the Gap

Jessica Lampert; Jill McClelland, Au.D.; Estelle Goldsmith, M.Ed., CED

Learn of the important relationship between audiologists and educators through opinions, thoughts, and queries of teachers across the state. Working with educational liaisons will be discussed along with the what and why behind classroom recommendations and the important role of teachers of the Deaf.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych, Instructional Hours
Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; Orientation and Mobility Specialists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals; Other (Anyone who works with a child who has hearing loss)

Speakers' biographies: Jessica Lampert is the Educational Liaison for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master’s in Deaf Education. Jessica previously provided speech and language services to students in elementary, middle, and high school. She also worked with families receiving early intervention. She has taught American Sign Language at the University of Texas-Brownsville. Jessica has specialty certifications in the areas of General Education, Special Education, and Deaf Education. Her goal as a liaison is to support families by collaborating with other professionals and remaining neutral on all fronts.

Jill McClelland, Au.D., graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with her Bachelor's of Science degree in the Education of Persons with Hearing Loss and from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with her Doctorate in Audiology. She is the current PAA president and served president elect in 2019 and as the Director of Publications 2016-2018. She is on the Department of Health's South Central Pennsylvania Professional Learning Community for pediatrics.
Dr. McClelland provides comprehensive diagnostic audiological and amplification services for infants, children, adults and special populations as the Director of Audiology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She has taught in the Bloomsburg University Doctoral Program and serves as a clinical supervisor for doctoral students in the Salus University and Bloomsburg University audiology externship programs. She is author of the recently published children’s book on hearing loss, titled “A Little Birdie Told Me”.


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Estelle (Essie) Goldsmith, MEd, CED works at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where she has worked for the past 15 years as the Educational Consultant for the Cochlear Implant Team. Essie has extensive experience as a Teacher of the Deaf, Early Intervention Specialist, School Administrator, and Educational Consultant. She currently serves on the board of the ERCHL committee, an advisory board to the Pa Secretary of Special Education (Educational Resources for Children with Hearing Loss.) She has provided short courses for professional organizations, seminars, workshops and in-services to school districts, universities, and local, state, and national conferences. She has written for professional journals such as the A.G. BELL Volta Voices 2007 and wrote a resource manual “Integrating Children with Special Needs into School- Age Child Care” June 2000. She has a master’s degree in Deaf Education, a BS degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a certificate of training from the Cochlear Implant Educational Consultants Training Programs (ECTP).