Welcome to the Early Start Special Topics course Hearing Assessment: Decisions and Documentation for Early Start!
This course defines evidence-based hearing screening practices. It
offers procedures that can be implemented to monitor the hearing status
of all children in Early Start. It describes the steps through which
service coordinators support families from newborn hearing screening to
diagnostic evaluation and audiological follow up. It also explores ways
to access hearing screening resources in the local community.
Alignment to Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) Competencies
Inter-agency Coordinating Council (ICC) Recommended Early Start
Personnel Manual is a guide for planning and implementing professional
development in support of early intervention services. It describes:
- Core knowledge that is necessary for Early Intervention Specialists (EIS) and Early Intervention Assistants (EIA).
competencies needed for the EIS and the EIA incorporating current
research and evidence in the field of early intervention.
content of this course is aligned to specific Knowledge-level
Competencies for both EIS and EIA, as listed below for each lesson.
Completion of the course increases knowledge and awareness
of evidence-based practices and Early Start principles and processes,
it does not certify mastery. It is one step toward completion of an
overall personnel development plan. To access the ESPM as a resource to
guide personnel development, CLICK HERE.
Start Personnel Manual (ESPM) Competencies Addressed
- Core Knowledge (CK) Areas:
- CK4: The range of typical infant/toddler physiological factors such as:
• Early neurological/brain development
• Basic health and nutrition
• Physical growth and maturation
- CK7: The
variety of pre-and perinatal risk factors such as genetics, maternal
health and nutrition, medical complications, prematurity/low birth weight, substance exposure, and other teratogens and their effect on the
- CK9: The
characteristics and influence of disabilities and risk factors on early
development, learning, care giving and relationships
• Individual variation within specific disabilities and at-risk factors
• Multiple disabilities and risk factors
- Evaluation and Assessment (EA) Competencies:
(EIS): Understands the connection between assessment information and the development of appropriate interventions.
- Identification and Referral (IR) Competencies:
- IR3 (EIS): Knows the referral process for Early Start and other public services.
- IR4 (EIS): Knows resource options for services and supports (other than Early Start) in the country/area of residence.
- Individualized Family Service Plan Implementation (IFSP-i) Competencies:
(EIS): Understands early experiences that contribute to emergent literacy.
- IFSP-i10 (EIS): Knows strategies that support parents in providing basic health, nutrition, and safety for infants and toddlers in natural environments.