2024 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Conference
March 17-19, 2024 • Denver, CO
3/06/2023 | 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM | Family Empowerment: A Systemic Approach | Grand Ballroom B
How can systems empower early interventionists
to empower families in the days and months after newborn hearing screening? Utilizing a systemic approach that honors the diversity in families, ideas will be shared on developing a process of early
intervention that prioritizes early language development that begins with parent/child attachment.
The presenter will share strategies for developing a statewide system of supports, exploration of language and
communication opportunities, and ensuring parents have opportunities to meet other parents and
deaf and hard of hearing adults. This systemic approach empowers families to recognize the importance of early attachment while moving through
the process of early decision-making with the
support and guidance of other parents of DHH children, Deaf and hard of hearing adults and early intervention specialists,audiologists, and pediatricians.
- Participants will be able to identify three strategies for implementing one statewide approach to early intervention for deaf and hard of hearing children
- Participants will be able to identify three ways to empower families in their journey from screening into early intervention
- Participants will be able to explain why including Deaf and hard of hearing adults and parents of deaf children in state's system of supports is important to successful child and family outcomes.
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(), The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Karen Hopkins is the Executive Director of The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Governor Baxter School for the Deaf and the principal investigator of Maine's HRSA grant. She brings over 30 years of experience as a collaborative teacher of the deaf, special educator, early interventionist and educational administrator to her work with Deaf and hard of hearing children. Her work with families, coupled with her own personal experience as a Deaf adult and parent of a daughter who is hard of hearing have inspired her to create systems that empower families. Karen oversees early intervention and statewide educational programming for children who are Deaf or hard of hearing birth to age 22 throughout the state of Maine. She is active in many organizations and boards in Maine, the Hands & Voices HQ Board of Directors and is involved with international FCEI programming including the Deaf Leadership International Alliance. Karen is the Board President of Hands & Voices Headquarters. Karen's current research as she finalizes her doctoral journey is focused on perspectives of family empowerment in early intervention systems for Deaf and hard of hearing children.
• Receives Salary,Grants for Employment from The Children's Center for Communication/ Beverly School for the Deaf.
No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Financial relationship with The Children's Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf.
No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.