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9/26/2014  |   2:45 PM - 3:15 PM   |  Wyoming

Children With CMV: Don’t Forget The Importance Of Early Intervention

In recent months we have heard a lot about CMV in the state of Utah. We have new initiatives in our state now that bring attention to children who have CMV. There are many benefits to children who have CMV and their families as a result of these new initiatives, but one of the greatest effects could potentially be that children who have CMV will more readily be enrolled in early intervention services at a younger age. Children with CMV have been in early intervention programs in the state of Utah for many years, but all too often they do not enter into these services early enough. The impact of CMV on language and communication skills can be overwhelming, and if the child has hearing loss as a result of CMV, the impact is even more daunting. The sooner we can begin providing early intervention services to these children, the greater the child’s chance of obtaining language skills commensurate with their hearing peers. In this presentation research outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing who receive effective early intervention will be reviewed, an overview of early intervention services in the state of Utah, primarily the Utah Parent Infant Program for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing will be shared, and participants will be provided with information on how and when a child with CMV should be referred for early intervention services in Utah.

Paula Pittman (Primary Presenter), paulap@usdb.org;
Paula Pittman is the director of the Utah Parent Infant Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, and is also a direct service provider for that program. She works part time for the SKI-HI Institute at Utah State University where she is the director of SKI-HI Outreach and Deaf Mentor Outreach services and a National Trainer for both programs. She has worked directly with infants, toddlers and children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families for over 30 years.


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