The Auditory Consultant Resource Network is one of the many innovative services that are offered by Boys Town National Research Hospital. For 30 years, the Hospital has been committed to developing state-of-the-art services that will enhance educational programs for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Network's mission is to provide training resources to professionals teaching children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Consultants provide onsite training and program development that capitalizes on effective hearing technology, innovative educational methodology, sound leadership models and state-of-the-art distance technology.
The Auditory Consultant Resource Network is led by Catherine C. Carotta, Ed.D. and Katie Brennan, M.S. who together bring a strong foundation of experience and leadership in the field of auditory education and sign-based programs for children with hearing loss. Members of the Hospital’s staff also serve as mentors and trainers. This multi-disciplinary team includes audiologists, professionals specializing in assessment, deaf educators, speech-language pathologists, counselors, interpreters and early interventionists.
Consultants provide services ranging from individual professional coaching to comprehensive school district consultation. School district consultations assist in examining current educational practices, staff training needs and service options for children with hearing loss.
The consultation process involves a two to three year commitment that includes:
- Participation in a systematic self-study process examining the district’s current services
- Analysis of the program strengths, needs, opportunities and challenges
- Development of a strategic plan focused on improving educational services
- Activation of the strategic plan through seminars, professional coaching and leadership advisement
- Participation in ongoing distance mentoring and training opportunities
Through the use of state-of-the-art Polycom conferencing equipment and webstreaming, the Network is able to connect classroom teachers, speech pathologists and audiologists with hearing specialists. This unique distance mentoring program enables school districts to utilize the expertise of highly skilled professionals without the added time and expense of scheduling multiple onsite consultations. Services available include:
- Classroom Hearing Technology Consultations
- Student Multidisciplinary Assessments
- Classroom-Based Assessments
- Mentoring for Interpreters Serving Cochlear Implant Students
- Virtual Observations of Multidisciplinary Assessments and Therapy Sessions
- Webstreaming Cochlear Implant Visits: Mapping, Therapy, Evaluations
- Parent and Educator Workshops
- Team Development and Leadership Training Seminars