Miller School Hosts Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Departments of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics recently hosted the Medical Issues and the Growing Child Conference at the Mailman Center for Child Development. This year’s conference topic was Bilingual Learners: Assessment and Intervention for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

The conference opened with a keynote speech by UHealth Otolaryngology Chairman Fred F. Telischi, M.D. The floor was then turned over to guest speaker Michael Douglas, M.A., Principal of the Mama Lere Hearing School in the Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University, who spoke on advanced hearing technology and how early identification and intervention have greatly changed the way we teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing. His workshop also demonstrated how auditory-based bilingualism can be facilitated in children with all degrees of hearing loss and that children with significant hearing loss can be bilingual regardless of their educational landscape.

“The research presented and the case studies that were discussed at this workshop showed us that learning more than one language is attainable for children who are deaf or hard of hearing,” said Lynn Miskiel, Director of Auditory and Oral Education at the Debbie School. “This knowledge strengthens our ability to support the needs of our diverse community.”

The conference was attended by physicians, local teachers, deaf educators and those who work with children with hearing loss, as well as visiting delegates.

“This conference provided many items that are extremely applicable to the patients we serve at UHealth,” said Kari Morgenstein, AuD, Director of the UHealth Children’s Hearing Program. “I hope attendees take what they learned to their daily clinical practices to ensure that we are doing all we can to help bilingual children reach their full potential.”

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