The Power of Yet: Strengths-Based Coaching and Co-Treating: Topical Session Presentation at the annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) meeting: March 18-20, 2018 in Denver, CO

I had the opportunity to take what we, as a team at The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC, have been doing regarding strengths-based coaching and share it at a national level. The greatest challenge for children who are deaf or hard of hearing is the ability to acquire age appropriate language to communicate. As services and technology continue to improve, we see greater potential for and improved outcomes in a child’s ability to overcome this challenge. When Joint Committee on Infant Hearing recommendations for access to a hearing screening by 1 month of age, a diagnostic evaluation to confirm a hearing loss by 3 months and quality intervention by 6 months of age, children can have the potential to be caught up to their hearing peers in speech and language by the age of 3. Our program has been providing training and coaching to parents and professionals for over 25 years. We are now implementing strengths-based coaching both in professional coaching and in our co-treat service delivery model with parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This allows us to focus on a growth mindset and “the power of yet” (see attached photo) to support families and professionals to ensure children receive the support they need to acquire language. This presentation shared aspects and strategies of strengths-based coaching from the field of appreciative inquiry and adult learning theory as well as data on outcomes from children whose parents have participated in our co-treat model with particular focus on device retention and functional auditory skills measured by the Functional Listening Index. 

This presentation focused on the strengths-based coaching aspects of active listening and showing empathy. We discussed active listening  and how we are tracking using strength’s based coaching and its potential impact by tracking audition skill development on the functional listening index (see attached before and after photos) during co-treat appointments through parent report and clinician assessment, and also during coaching sessions by having the clinician/teacher/EI also track audition skills with the FLI.


We are very excited to see some beginning data collection to support the work we are doing during co-treating and coaching. Stay tuned for more updates as we move forward!



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