Using Strengths-Based Coaching of Parents to Impact Functional Listening Outcomes

Poster at The American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACIA) meeting, Washington DC.

by Erin Thompson

This poster presentation looked at the use of strengths-based coaching with parents/caregivers during audiology co-treat appointments of children ages birth to three, then tracking the impact the impact this has on the development of children’s audition skills over time. Co-treat appointments begin by using strengths-based coaching techniques, including: celebrating stories of success since the last appointment, listening/ showing empathy and asking open-ended questions. The Functional Listening Index-Pediatric (FLI-P) developed by the Shepherd Centre in Sydney, Australia is then updated based on caregiver report, and the SLP gathers toys and materials to assess additional FLI-P goals in order to determine skills that may also have been mastered since the last audiology appointment. Once the FLI-P is up to date, the SLP continues to uses strengths-based coaching techniques to share next goals with parents/caregivers. These goals are also shared with early interventionists and/or school based professionals when applicable.  This poster was a retrospective look at FLI-P data for approximately 111 children. Measures were obtained across multiple, routine visits. Graphs were selected from those that had a minimum of at least three co-treated sessions. Case studies of three children were presented. Conclusions found that collaboration between SLPs and audiologists has helped create a unified effort to support families of children with hearing loss. This collaboration has allowed for monitoring and tracking of changes in functional listening skills. Once documentation of functional listening skills has been completed SLPs and Audiologists are then again able to utilize strengths-based coaching techniques to support families in knowing the next steps as well as celebrating documented progress of auditory/language skills.


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