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Mix & Match to Meet Your Needs:  Options for Training Early Care and Education Staff to Conduct Hearing Screenings 
Early care and education programs across the country have in common the goal of providing high-quality, evidence-based hearing screening and follow-up to children. Programs differ, however, when it comes to the time of year that staff screen children, the age of the children, the number of staff who need to gain skills to conduct the screenings, and the availability of a pediatric audiologist or others who can assist with screener training.  
The Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative's mission is to provide practical ways for programs to develop the capacity  to provide hearing screening and appropriate follow-up to children birth to five  years of age. Over the years, we've worked with hundreds of programs nationwide to create a series of online instructional modules outlining general hearing screening program recommendations along with specific Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) and Pure Tone screening techniques to use with young children. These modules provide standardized, core instruction that can be delivered to program staff in several ways, including:
  • Quarterly, online Web Classes where ECHO Initiative staff lead learners through instructional modules and hands-on learning activities.
  • Self-guided learning where learners access the instructional modules and engage in learning activities at their own pace.
  • Facilitated training where a pediatric audiologist or other skilled trainer uses the ECHO modules to guide learners through the instructional content while providing supplemental, supervised "hands on" training.
Individuals responsible for overseeing staff training can also  "mix and match" training options to meet individual program learning needs. To find out more about how you can benefit from these options, or participate in delivering them to  others, we invite you to join us for a one-hour webinar on Nov. 15th: 
"Doubling the Effect of EHDI: Resources to help Identify Twice as Many Children"
November 15, 2018 
3:00 p.m. Eastern
2:00 p.m. Central
1:00 p.m. Mountain
12:00 p.m. Pacific
11:00 a.m. Alaska
10:00 a.m. Hawaii
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Probes and Tips is a newsletter from the ECHO Initiative that provides monthly TIPS

to enhance early childhood hearing screening and follow-up practices and PROBES

 about current activities so we can learn from one another's successes and challenges.