Each candidate demonstrates knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for collaborating effectively on a multi-disciplinary educational team to provide assessments, planning, and implementation strategies for an appropriate intervention and education program for children birth to age 5 who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, including those who are deaf-blind and/or those with additional disabilities, and their families, with particular focus on the development of language, cognitive, and social skills.
Early support for parents, the importance of parent involvement with school and community resources, and the value of meeting deaf adults are concepts introduced in CDDS 141 Deaf Children and Their Parents. Skills necessary to become a service coordinator who creates a multidisciplinary team are taught in the Interviewing and Counseling in Communication Disorders and Deaf Studies, along with strategies for working with families, understanding parents’ responses, and assessment of infants and toddlers. CDDS 202 provides candidates with in-depth information related to assessment of hearing loss, equipment options, and techniques to support early auditory development. In CDDS 262 Seminar: Speech and CDDS 263 Seminar: Language candidates review current research in acquiring both a signed language and a spoken language.