Course curriculum

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    Course content

    • PowerPoint slides

    • Appropriate Audiologic Counseling for Families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

    • Quiz

    • Evaluation

    • Continuing Education Units

Course info

Course Description: This presentation will provide an overview of informational and personal adjustment counseling in audiology as applied to families of deaf and hard of hearing children. The impact of audiologist counseling practices will be discussed, and practical examples based on clinical scenarios will be provided. 


5 minutes: Intro to topic and presenter 

10 minutes: Background on informational and personal adjustment counseling

20 minutes: Counseling in pediatric audiology

15 minutes: Audiologist preparedness for counseling and counseling practices 

25 minutes: Appropriate and inappropriate counseling practices 

20 minutes: Counseling and evidence-based practice 

15 minutes: Improving counseling practices

5 minutes: Takeaways and resources

Learner Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define “informational counseling” and “personal adjustment counseling”

  2. Describe at least 3 audiologic counseling practices that support families of deaf and hard of hearing children

  3. Identify inappropriate counseling practices within scenario examples


Sarah Sparks

Dr. Sarah Sparks is a deaf clinical audiologist and founder of Audiology Outside the Box, a telepractice focused on holistic communication, audiologic counseling, and education. Her goal in clinical work is to support children, adults, and their families toward effective communication and a great quality of life. Some of her clinical interests are pediatric audiology, vestibular and balance disorders, cochlear implants, and audiology services provided in American Sign Language.

Speaker disclosures

Financial disclosure: The presenter is receiving royalties for this course.

Nonfinancial disclosure: The presenter is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the District of Columbia Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, the American Balance Society, and the Maryland Academy of Audiology.

Continuing Education

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs.