Topic Areas: Listening, Language, and Speech in Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Topic Chairs: Tina Grieco-Calub and Elizabeth Walker

Content Area: General Interest

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include assessment and management of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. The age range of individuals included in this topic area is birth to 18 years of age. Submissions should address communication assessments for language/speech/auditory development. Additionally, intervention services including technology and treatment (e.g., hearing assistive technology, counseling, speech-language-hearing-cognitive programming, educational audiologic management, interprofessional or team approach). Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific to listening, language and speech in children who are deaf and hard of hearing should be included in this topic area. 


  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to intervention/(re)habilitation for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing from birth to school transition

Professional Education

  • Early intervention services for infants/toddlers who are deaf and hard of hearing, including interprofessional models
  • Intervention/(re)habilitation for the individual (birth to age 18) who is deaf and hard of hearing, including surgical and medical management
  • Communication options/”opportunities” for children with hearing loss (Listening in Spoken Language [Auditory-Verbal and Auditory/Oral], Cued Speech, Total Communication, Signing Exact English [Manually Coded English Systems], American Sign Language/Bilingual-Bicultural, Bilingual/Bimodal)
  • Issues regarding service delivery models for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing (birth to age 18) including those delivered through telecommunication technology
  • Communication strategies for the individual who is deaf and hard of hearing (birth to age 18) and their families
  • Impact of hearing loss on individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing (birth to age 18) on their academic/educational performance
  • Impact of hearing loss on individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing (birth to age 18) on their growth and development (e.g., psychosocial, speech and language, literacy, motor)

Related Topics

Proposals involving this population but with a primary focus on:

  • Auditory processing should be submitted to the Neuroaudiology/Central Auditory Processing topic area.
  • Use of telepractice in service delivery to this population that include technology-based approaches and outcomes at the system level should be submitted to the Telepractice topic area.
  • Behavioral and electrophysiologic diagnostic assessment for hearing loss should be submitted to the Hearing, Balance, Tinnitus - Assessment and Intervention: Pediatric topic area.

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