The CARE Project: Support to Families of Young Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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Session Dates

Tuesday November 17, 2015 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


The CARE Project recognizes that life’s journey is full of challenges. Along with such hurdles, different emotions are experienced. A child with hearing loss needs to rely on a strong support system within the family and community, including the professionals with whom they work.

The CARE Project introduces participants to the emotional journey associated with loss and allows them to learn from and analyze family perspectives presented through documentary film viewing. This process will require active listening on the part of the participants as each story is viewed in order to identify the different emotions discussed. There are eight diverse perspectives presented.

Participants will engage in active listening as each segment is viewed and utilize an analysis grid to identify the emotions and strengths expressed by the various family members. At the conclusion of the session, participants will share impressions on emotions demonstrated.

The purpose of The CARE Project is:

  1. To create a sense of community
  2. To provide basic information on challenges faced
  3. To offer solutions
  4. To open doors for individuals to process their emotional journey
  5. To move people forward
  6. To facilitate acceptance of hearing loss
  7. To learn to advocate for a fulfilling life


  1. Identify the emotional journey associated with loss as proposed by the instructor.
  2. Define 3 actions that the professional can take in his/her role to be an active listener in validating the emotions expressed by families.
  3. Analyze 3 methods to support families on acceptance of hearing loss and potential outcomes of these methods

Target Audience

This workshop is intended for parents of infants and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing; early intervention service providers; teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing; early intervention service coordinators; special education and early childhood education teachers; speech & language therapists; audiologists; special health care needs consultants; physical therapists, occupational therapists; nurses; and behavioral health professionals.

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Early Intervention

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Infant/Toddler Staff Training Hours
No credit


Johnnie Sexton, AuD.

Event Contact:


Linda Rhine


Anne Gaspich