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Internationally recognized as the leader in hearing research, Boys Town National Research Hospital offers e-learning courses, live webinars and professional workshops with most up-to-date healthcare and educational practices for physicians, nurses, clinicians, teachers, school administrators and parents.

Auditory Consultant Resource Network

The Auditory Consultant Resource Network is a comprehensive on-site and distance support service that enhances educational programs for children who are deaf and hard of hearing by connecting classroom teachers, speech pathologists and audiologists with the hearing specialists at Boys Town National Research Hospital.

  • Auditory Consultant Resource Network educational outreach programs for professionals serving children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Auditory Consultant Resource Network Handbook
    A comprehensive guide for deaf educators, speech-language pathologists, early interventionists, audiologists, mainstream educators and administrators, filled with tools for supporting auditory practices, student assessment and practitioner self-assessment.

Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA)

EIPA courses are designed to enhance and further professional development of educational interpreters working in K-12 classroom settings, community interpreters, deaf educators and individuals working with interpreters.

  • EIPA Distance Course Schedule
  • Educational Interpreting Practice DVDs
  • EIPA Summer Intensive Skills Program
    Boys Town National Research Hospital's EIPA Diagnostic Center is offering an intensive summer training program to help interpreters improve their interpreting skills. This three-day program incorporates both teaching and extensive hands-on practical training. Instructors include a diverse faculty with firsthand knowledge of the skills interpreters need to improve their work in the classroom. Participants will be expected to participate in some activities using sign language only with no voice support. No voice interpretation will be provided.

Online Continuing Education

  • Nuts and Bolts Top 12
    Nuts & Bolts is a series of 12 one-hour talks designed for educators, parents and professionals who wish to expand their knowledge on topics related to children who are deaf and hard of hearing. One continuing education contact hour is awarded for each session. ASHA CEUs are also available upon request.
  • Auditory Access: Importance and Outcomes
    Auditory Access: Importance and Outcomes will feature two lectures on the impact auditory access can have on speech and language development for young children. Mary Pat Moeller, Ph.D., and Ryan McCreery, Ph.D., will cover the importance of newborn hearing screenings and how to optimize a child’s language environment, as well as how audiologists can strategically promote positive outcomes for children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • ENT Nurse Continuing Education
    These lectures will give new ENT nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners fundamental knowledge in otology, rhinology and oral cavity.

Workshops and Events

  • Auditory Learning Collaborative Workshop
    The Auditory Learning Collaborative is a comprehensive workshop led by a multidisciplinary team of specialists at Boys Town National Research Hospital. This seminar focuses on enhancing educational and intervention practices for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Sessions are designed for professionals with intermediate knowledge of working with students who have hearing-related needs. The Auditory Learning Collaborative is open to all professionals and educational agencies.
  • The Importance of Early Identification of Hearing Loss – Patrick Brookhouser, M.D., Memorial Lecture
    This half-day continuing education conference includes four lectures addressing the importance of early identification of pediatric hearing loss and effective early intervention practices, as well as the need for early diagnosis and management of complex sino-nasal conditions in children and adults. The conference is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, audiologists, speech-language pathologists and communication researchers.
  • Boys Town Pediatric Audiology Conference
    This one-day conference for audiologists and hearing aid dispensers will explore current issues related to Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD) throughout the continuum of care. Topics covered will address identification of ANSD in children, speech and language considerations and pediatric case management. A discussion panel will conclude the conference. Presenters for the conference are Patricia Roush, Au. D., and Jeffrey Simmons, M.A. Further details will be posted regarding presenters, schedule and CEU credits as they are finalized.
  • Living Well with Hearing Loss Class
    Nearly 40 million Americans are experiencing hearing loss. You and a friend or loved one are invited to attend an informational class to help you understand the causes and symptoms of hearing loss and what steps to take to improve your hearing.

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