Using Technology to Serve Children Who are Deaf

 
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Mother and Child
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Listen and Talk is deeply committed to family centered services. Our Early Intervention providers coach families to help them understand the process of helping their child develop listening and spoken language skills in a natural, playful way. Through supported practice, a family learns to help their child respond to and interpret sounds, building a foundation upon which spoken language and learning will grow. 

When we initiated a telehealth model of service delivery (Virtual Home Visits or VHV), we were intent on making sure that parents received the coaching and support that would help their family be successful. With the results of the study described in our previous report and interviews with families, we are learning that parents CAN get their needs met through a telehealth model of service delivery.  Now some of our families are asking we provide services solely through VHV!

We had the opportunity to interview some of these parents in an effort to better understand the reasons for their preference. Here are some highlights:

Question: 
Do you feel your needs are being met better with in-home visits or virtual home visits?

Parent 1 Answer:

"I do better with VHV because it forces me to practice on my own —rather than rely on the therapist to run the session... I find I have more confidence doing the whole session myself after a virtual visit."

Parent 2 Answer:

"VHV is either the same or better... Before, when I had in-home services, I would sit back and watch the therapist... Now, sessions are tailored to how I would perform as opposed to how any given therapist would do it... I guess that could be perceived as better or worse—depending on how I am doing with it!" 

Thanks to donors like you, we are developing evidence-based methods for meeting the complex needs of families no matter where they live! Thank you for your support!

L&T children lending each other helping hands
L&T children lending each other helping hands

New research supports the viability of Virtual Home Visiting (VHV) for serving the needs of families and children who are deaf or hard of hearing and learning to listen and talk.

As noted in our last report, Listen and Talk participated in a national multicenter study to evaluate the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of providing services through VHV compared with in-home services. Factors which were evaluated included the development of listening and language skills, the quality of the parent-child interaction, and the development of the parents’ confidence in supporting their child’s needs. The powerful overall findings showed that on average, VHV sessions resulted in as beneficial or better outcomes when compared with the outcomes achieved through traditional visits.

Notably:

  • Families and children receiving services via VHV had better language outcomes and auditory skills than children who received services through traditional in-person visits.
  • Families receiving services via VHV were more engaged in the sessions than those families in the in-person sessions.

According to self-report measures:

  • Families receiving VHV services felt equally supported, knowledgeable, and confident in fostering their child’s development as families who received traditional in-home services.

Thanks again for your loyal support! You are helping us reach more families with high quality early intervention services than ever before. 

Please enjoy this new video that demonstrates the impact of our work over the past 20 years: https://vimeo.com/110957761

VHV in action!
VHV in action!

Your support is helping us reach more families with high quality early intervention services at greater distances than ever before!

Thanks to you, children are reaching their full potential, entering their neighborhood schools by the time they are in kindergarten, and enjoying a world of opportunities. This is good news for the children, their families, and the wider community!

I am happy to report that Listen and Talk has been participating in a national multi-center study to evaluate the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of providing services virtually, compared with in-person visits from a provider. Analyses of the results are near completion and the preliminary data supports the continued viability of the tele-health model of service delivery. In the coming months, we will share the stage with our collaborators to report the findings at various professional forums and in print publications. We look forward to sharing those details in our next GlobalGiving report so you too can see the outcomes and lessons we have learned.

Thank you again for your support in helping us apply our expertise to those in need. You are changing the lives of children and families.

Working hard during an EI session!
Working hard during an EI session!

Your support helped Listen and Talk serve 143 families in Early Intervention this past school year, a 25% increase from the number of families served prior to initiating the Virtual Home Visit model of service delivery!

By reaching more families than ever before you are helping us steer the course for children to have the opportunity to move into mainstream schools and compete and succeed side by side their mates with normal hearing. The implications are significant for families seeking to provide their child with limitless possibilities. It is also significant for the wider community. The development of age appropriate language skills in children with hearing loss saves tax dollars and improves the academic and employment opportunities for these individuals. Reaching more families through Virtual Home Visits multiplies the impact of early intervention and decreases the costs of special education for these children, benefitting our entire community.

We recognize the importance of evaluating outcomes for these children and families. To this end, Listen and Talk has been participating in and recently completed the data collection for a national multi-center study to evaluate the cost and effectiveness of Virtual Home Visits compared with in-home visits. The results from this study will provide important insights for continued improvement in the quality and efficiency with which we provide service. We look forward to sharing those findings in a report to the Global Giving Community and others later this year.    

Your support is helping us reach more families than ever before resulting in children having greater potential than ever to not be limited by hearing loss. Thank you for your generous support.

Dear GlobalGiving Community,

Your support of our Virtual Home Visiting (VHV) project is helping Listen and Talk reach more families than ever before! You should be proud to know that YOUR generous donations are directly impacting how many children get served.

In addition to all of the VHV benefits we outlined in earlier reports, we want to share some recent and exciting advancements: 

  • 100% staff participation: All 9 Early Intervention staff members are oriented and supported to implement services through VHV.
  • More families receiving service: Approximately 1/3 of the families we serve are receiving support through VHV.
  • We are getting the word out: Listen and Talk staff members have published their experiences with VHV in industry-relevant periodicals.
  • Demonstrating outcomes: Listen and Talk is participating in a multi-center national study to help evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the VHV model.
  • Increased demand: Listen and Talk is receiving increased interest in providing direct services in areas further afield from our historical service areas.
  • Increased interest in the service model: Listen and Talk is receiving frequent requests for training and development of the model in other agencies.

Your support is helping us to more fully implement our VHV model. Thanks again for making a difference.

With gratitude,

Listen and Talk

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Listen and Talk

Seattle, WA, United States
http://www.listentalk.org

Project Leader

Mike Pham

Seattle, Washington United States

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