February, 2019        

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ECHO Initiative Events

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New ECHO Webinars:  
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
2-3 p.m. Eastern
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Next OAE Training
Web Class:
Four Sessions :
April  22nd, 25th,
29th, and May 2nd, 2019
  2-3 p.m. Eastern
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Conferences and Meetings 
2019 EHDI Conference
March 3-5 
Chicago, IL
ECHO Initiative Presentation at this year's EHDI Conference:

Monday, March 4, 2019
3:35 - 4:05 p.m. 
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Tip of the Month
At the Heart of Language  
and Learning    
For most children who are fortunate enough to receive an annual hearing screening, this is an effective step in identifying hearing health needs.  However, a surprising nu mber of children who need a hearing  assessment the very most . . .
may not get one!! 
Because the signs of hearing loss are subtle and difficult to recognize, the indicators that people who are around a child are most likely to notice are speech and language delays. Unfortunately, professionals and parents may too quickly assume that these problems can be treated through speech-language therapy, while failing to appreciate that hearing is vital for spoken language development, and that a hearing evaluation is critical for finding the cause of any delay. 
Recognizing and responding to a child's hearing health needs is vital for supporting langua ge development. It is especially important that a hearing evaluation be done any time a child is referred to, or enrolled in an early interven tion program.
If children in your program are receiving early inte rvention services, don't make the assumption that a h earing evaluation was carried out. Check the child's rec o rd to see that hearing evaluation results are current, th at the results are normal, or that adequate steps are being ta ken to address hear ing, as wel l as other documented needs. Hearing status is one key factor that should inform the ch i ld's Individu alized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP). Help others to also remember that hearing health is at the heart of typical language development and school readiness. 
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