Parent-Professional Partnerships

Parent-directed commentaries during children’s hearing habilitation appointments: a practice in family-centered care (2018)

  • This article is about...how clinicians included parents in intervention sessions.
  • The study found...that engaging parents in hearing appointments helped to reassure them of their child’s progress. It also allowed the clinician to share information and provide emotional support for the parents. Overall the study showed that parent directed comments helped to keep the appointment environment positive and optimistic.
  • This is important because...professional providers can help parents learn ways to help their child at home through including parents in intervention sessions. Professionals can also help parents feel at ease by keeping the environment optimistic through emphasizing the child’s successes.
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Parental involvement in the care and intervention of children with hearing loss (2018)

  • This article is about...the role parents have in the lives of children with hearing loss.
  • The study found...that parents are very involved in and responsible for helping their child with hearing loss.
  • This is important because...this helps parents that are new to hearing loss know what they might need to do to help their children succeed.
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Eliciting Family Concerns and Priorities through the Routines-Based Interview (2017)

  • This article is about...discovering family routines and concerns centered around those routines through interviews.
  • The study found...that daily routines are not independent of one another, rather they interact. Helping families maintain routines that are important to them allows family members to have improved quality of life.
  • This is important because...when a child has a hearing loss it can impact daily family routines. Not only are families faced with daily maintenance tasks but may also need to attend additional intervention programs and doctor’s appointments. Professionals and parents need to work together to incorporate the child’s hearing needs into already established daily routines when possible.
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Audiologists' communication behavior during hearing device management appointments (2017)

  • This article is about...audiologists' communication with parents and adult patients during hearing device-monitoring appointments before and after training on counseling skills.
  • The study found...that counseling training helped audiologists provide parents with more opportunities to talk during the appointment. Other important counseling skills did not change. Audiologists infrequently used counseling skills such as checking on and addressing patient emotions.
  • This is important because...audiologists need to use counseling skills to help parents work through challenges they experience related to their child’s hearing loss. Training programs need to consider the support audiologists may need to implement skills routinely in practice.
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Parents' perspective of the early diagnostic period of their child with hearing loss: information and support (2017)

  • This article is about...parent perspectives of their experience with audiologists after their child was diagnosed with hearing loss.
  • The study found...that this experience was difficult emotionally for parents. Most parents felt satisfied with the verbal and written support from audiologists; however, some parents felt dissatisfied.
  • This is important because...attending to parents’ information and emotional support needs helps them make informed decisions and cope as they learn how to help their child.
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The First Step to Early Intervention Following Diagnosis: Communication in Pediatric Hearing Aid Orientation Sessions (2017)

  • This article is about...information provided during hearing aid orientation, how audiologists communicated with the parents, and what parents understood.
  • The study found...parents did not remember or understand much information from that first hearing aid appointment. Parents also lacked confidence doing the skills they were taught.
  • This is important because...audiologists can modify how they teach parents. Providing written information and checking in with parents after their appointment can help parents work through challenges that arise.
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