Facts and Impacts of Pediatric Late-Onset Hearing Loss

  • 23 Oct 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom
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Facts and Impacts of Pediatric Late-Onset Hearing Loss
October 23, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET

If you have any issues on the day of the program, please contact Martha Testa at 508-510-1905 or mshapreselect@gmail.com

Members: FREE
Non-Members: $60
Audiologists: $10 (call 781.314.9517 for the code)

This course highlights the impacts of late onset pediatric hearing loss. During this presentation the signs and risk factors for pediatric hearing loss will be identified, as well as, specific hearing loss configurations that present unique challenges. The latter portion of the course will address the services and accommodations that a child with hearing loss may need from the time of identification throughout their school age years.

The course begins with an introduction by Valerie Abbott James, author of Padapillo. A story about a young child’s unexpected identification of hearing loss.

About the Speakers

Alsyse Zucker, AuD

Alyse Zucker is an Audiologist who specializes in Educational Audiology. She has practiced in Boston, Massachusetts since 2012. She has worked with children with hearing loss from birth to age 22; including transitioning into and out of the public school system. Alyse has worked passionately to increase the continuum of deaf and hard of hearing education services in Boston Public Schools. Her areas of interest include pediatric hearing loss, social and emotional well-being of children with hearing loss, consulting and educating school personnel about hearing loss, and family engagement.


Financial Disclosure: Alyse receives a salary as an employee of the Boston Public schools. She is receiving an honorarium from MSHA for this presentation.

Non-financial Disclosure: Alyse is a member of ASHA

Valerie James Abbott, Author, Padapillo

Valerie James Abbott
is the parent of a child who was diagnosed with permanent hearing loss when she was a toddler. Today, she is an active parent-advocate and champion for early hearing detection and intervention and parent-to-parent support organizations in Virginia. She is co-founder of Late Onset Hearing Loss Awareness Week (May 4-10), a campaign aimed at improving earlier identification of acquired hearing loss and connection to services and resources. Valerie is a past-board member of Virginia Hands & Voices and currently serves as the first parent co-chair of the Virginia EHDI Advisory Committee. Her debut book, Padapillo, was published in May 2021 and is based on her family’s hearing loss journey.


Financial: Valerie receives royalties from her book Padapillo.

Non-financial: Valerie is the first parent co-chair of the Virginia EHDI Advisory Committee. She serves on the Olive Osmond Hearing First Late Onset Hearing Loss Awareness Campaign. She is receiving an honorarium for this presentation which she is donating to purchase and mail copies of her book Padapillo to the participants of the workshop.

Learner Outcomes

  1. Participants will be able to identify signs and risk factors for childhood hearing loss.
  2. Participants will be able to understand unique challenges of unilateral and reverse slope hearing loss.
  3. Participants will be able to identify accommodations to consider in the child’s Individualized Education Plan or Individualized Family Service Plan.

Time ordered agenda

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Parent Perspective Late-Onset Hearing Loss
  • 10:30 - 10:45 Signs and risk factors for childhood hearing loss
  • 10:45 - 11:00 Atypical hearing loss configurations (e.g unilateral hearing loss, reverse slope, asymmetrical losses)
  • 11:00 - 11:20 IFSP/ IEP details for a child with hearing loss, including accommodations, professionals, services
  • 11:20 - 11:30 COVID-related considerations for additional or modified accommodations (e.g. barrier masks and lip-reading, bus monitors)
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Question and Answer Session

This program is approved for ASHA CEUs

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