Did You Hear That? Auditory Skill Development
Development of auditory skills is the foundation on which a child builds many of their listening and communication skills. Although every child develops at a different pace, this development typically happens in four stages: awareness, paying attention, responding, understanding, and meaning. Delays in auditory skill development can affect children’s speech and language development, literacy skills, and overall academic success. This presentation will focus on typical development of auditory skills, what can cause delays in auditory development, and how to work with children who have delayed auditory development.
Jessica Stich-Hennen, AuD, PASC specializes in pediatric diagnostics and amplification, auditory-evoked potentials, and central auditory processing disorder evaluations. Dr. Stich-Hennen is an audiology consultant for Idaho Sound Beginnings program. Dr. Stich-Hennen serves on the Idaho Hands and Voices Advisory Board and she is the current President-Elect for the Idaho Speech Hearing Association.
Dr. Mary M Whitaker, AuD, Idaho State University is an audiology specialist in Pocatello, Idaho. She attended and graduated from medical school in 2005, having over 13 years of diverse experience, especially in audiology. Dr. Whitaker also cooperates with other doctors and physicians in medical groups, including Idaho State Sports Medicine.
Debbie Baerlocher, AuD, CCC-A, F-AAA, St Lukes Pediatric Audiologist is the program's clinic lead in pediatrics, focusing on evoked potentials, diagnostics, and amplification. She is coordinator of the newborn hearing screening program at St. Luke’s Meridian and serves on the team of consulting audiologists for Idaho's Early Hearing and Detection program—Idaho Sound Beginnings—providing training to hospitals and physicians about newborn hearing screening and hearing loss. She is also the editor of a patient newsletter, Hear the News. Dr. Baerlocher earned her doctorate degree in audiology from Central Michigan University; her doctoral research project was published in the Journal of Educational Audiology.