Onsite Coaching in Guam

Jeff Simmons, Pediatric Audiologist, prepares a toddler for his hearing test

Jeff Simmons, Pediatric Audiologist, prepares a toddler for his hearing test.

In April 2012, a multi-disciplinary team from Boys Town National Research Hospital’s Auditory Consultant Resource Network traveled to Guam to provide onsite group training, individual coaching and mentoring to educational professionals serving children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

“Our next step is to create a strategic plan for Guam’s Department of Education,” said Cathy Carotta, Ed.D., Associate Director for the Center for Childhood Deafness at Boys Town Hospital. “This will continue their progress to enhance services for the children and families they serve.”

The strategic plan will focus on the following areas in their program: hearing technology, auditory skills facilitation, assessment frameworks and developmentally appropriate educational practices. The plan will be created using the onsite program observations along with staff and administrator interviews for guidance. This strategic plan will detail recommendations for further training and mentoring, acquisition of necessary resources and supplies, and specify how to monitor progress made on the strategic plan.

Onsite services were not limited to the staff of Guam’s Department of Education. While in Guam, Jeff Simmons, MA, CCC-A, provided diagnostic audiology services to 16 children during the 5 day visit.

“It was a very rewarding experience to be able to help in audiological service during the time I was on the island,” said Jeff Simmons, MA, CCC-A, Cochlear Implant Coordinator at Boys Town Hospital. “We were able to identify hearing loss in at least two children and make recommendations for intervention.”