Working with young children, we know that they come down with multiple colds during the year, especially during the winter months. Are we aware of the impact on their hearing?
As part of MaineAEYC’s free monthly live webinars, on Jan. 12, 2017 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Cathy Janelle and Carrie Chojnowski, Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Auditory-Verbal Therapists, will discuss what happens to a child’s hearing when he/she is suffering from a cold that causes fluid build-up in the middle ear.
Participants will learn about symptoms of Otitis Media (middle ear fluid), the long term effects that chronic otitis media has on young children’s language and academic development as well as common classroom solutions to help individual children on a daily basis.
Carrie Chojnowski, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS, Cert. AVT, has 18 years of experience serving young children, families, and adults with hearing loss. After getting her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, she worked at Clarke School East in Canton, MA for three years. She returned to Maine in 2003 and has been working at Hear Me Now! since. Carrie has been certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Auditory-Verbal Therapist since 2006. She guides and coaches parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers with hearing loss, and provides direct therapy to children and adults learning to listen and speak with hearing aids and cochlear implants. Carrie also provides consultative services to public school speech-language pathologists and preschool/classroom teachers who service children with hearing loss who are learning to listen and speak. Carrie lives in Windham and loves to spend time with her husband and two boys Evan (7) and Jack (5).
Cathy Janelle, MS, CCC/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, has nearly 20 years of experience serving young children and families with hearing loss. After graduating from the University of Maine’s Communication Disorders program, she worked as a public school speech clinician for several years. Later, she coordinated special services for children at Head Start centers in rural Alaska. She obtained a Master’s degree at University of Oregon’s Communication Disorders & Sciences program where she trained with pioneer in early intervention, Dr. Diane Bricker. Cathy returned to Maine in 1996 to provide early intervention speech-language services for Child Development Services- Cumberland for four years. Currently, she works with children birth age to seven and their families and provides consultative services to public school speech language pathologists and classroom teachers. Additionally, Cathy is certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist/Certified Auditory-Verbal therapist through Alexander Graham Bell Association and holds a certificate in Auditory Learning for Young Children with Hearing Loss via distance education from University of North Carolina.
The Listening and Spoken Language approach to language development relies heavily on a parent coaching model. Therefore, Cathy has a rich background in the coaching families within the natural environment. In recent years, Cathy has teamed closely with Child Development Services where she completed the Coaching and Routines Based Intervention trainings both in Waterville and Bangor with Dathan Rush and Robin McWilliams. Additionally she completed the RBI training in Lewiston with Roy Fowler. Cathy has worked with the team at Project Peds in Waterville on their Early Intervention Team, participating in weekly Early Intervention Team meetings and as a PSP for a child with hearing loss in the area. Cathy has several years experience providing Part C services through Tele Intervention to children and families in Maine. Service provision through tele practice offers an alternative to in-home visits when the weather is poor, when a family member is ill and when the family lives too remotely to access services from a qualified provider. Teletherapy can be used in conjunction with in-home visits at a level determined by the IFSP team.