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Nuts And Bolts

Nuts & Bolts Lecture Series


Nuts & Bolts is a series of one-hour presentations on topics related to educating children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The presentations are designed for educators, parents and professionals with a basic knowledge of childhood hearing loss.

School districts, agencies and organizations serving children with hearing loss may purchase the Nuts & Bolts series as a staff development tool, allowing any staff member access to the presentations by:

  • Joining us live during the presentation through video conferencing or web streaming
  • Viewing presentations on our Video-on-Demand web page
  • Downloading and saving presentations from our Video-on-Demand web page to personal hard drives, flash drives or CD.

August 14, 2012

The Impact of Otitis Media on Children and The Cochlear Implant

Kendell Simms, Au.D., CCC-A, Staff Audiologist & Jeffrey L. Simmons, M.A., CCC-A, Cochlear Implant Coordinator

This presentation will discuss the issue of middle ear dysfunction, which can involve the conductive part of the normal hearing mechanism. Attendees will learn about different types of middle ear problems and how they can affect hearing sensitivity, tests of auditory function, hearing aid fittings, and even cochlear implant function. Subscribers click here.

September 11, 2012

Pediatric Vestibular Assessment for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Kristen Janky, Ph.D., Vestibular Services Program Coordinator

Vestibular dysfunction has been found to be associated with hearing loss, developmental delay, and potentially with language learning. However, in spite of these associations, vestibular assessments are not routinely completed in all children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This lecture will review 1) how vestibular function is assessed, 2) signs and symptoms associated with vestibular dysfunction, 3) therapies and, 4) etiologies of hearing loss most commonly associated with vestibular dysfunction. Subscribers click here.

October 9, 2012

Implementing AAC in Classroom, Home & Therapy Settings for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Sara Robinson, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

This presentation will focus on practical strategies for integrating and implementing augmentative and alternative communication in classroom, home and therapy settings for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Strategies for supporting each aspect of the SCALES model for children who use AAC will be discussed. Subscribers click here.

November 13, 2012

Exploring the Basic Questions Of Communication Assessment for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Amy Tyler Krings, M.A., Speech-Language Pathologist

Evaluating, describing & interpreting the communication of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing is a complex process that requires a comprehensive assessment approach. This presentation has two primary learner outcomes:

  1. To answer the basic questions of assessment for Young Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
  2. To introduce the Components of a Comprehensive Assessment & Planning framework developed by the Auditory Consultant Resource Network at Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Subscribers click here.

December 11, 2012

The Basics of Hearing Aids Processing

Marc Brennan, Ph.D., CCC-A, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Hearing aids provide access to speech sounds, promoting the development of speech and language. This lecture will describe hearing aid signal processing and the importance of ensuring that speech is audible. The evidence-based components of fitting a hearing aid will be discussed. Steps that parents and providers can take to ensure that the child is receiving appropriate amplification will be highlighted, to best ensure access to speech. Subscribers click here.

January 22, 2013

Planning & Implementing a Listening Session

Katie Brennan, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

Professionals who work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing are challenged to address developmental needs across multiple areas including speech, language and listening skills. This course will describe and demonstrate focused auditory teaching strategies for targeting auditory skills development. This course will also discuss embedded auditory teaching strategies for integrating auditory skill development into communication or academic development. Subscribers click here.

February 12, 2013

Genetic Counseling: What Is It and How Does It Benefit Families?

Kristal Platt, M.S., Certified Genetics Counselor and Vision Program Coordinator

This presentation will explore the components of genetic counseling highlighting, practical and interesting examples, and demonstrate the importance of gathering information through histories and a genetics physical examination. New technologies in the arsenal of genetics diagnostic tools will be summarized. Subscribers click here.

March 12, 2013

Using Social Narratives and Social Scripts in Early Childhood Classrooms for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Nicole Johnson, M.S., Deaf Educator & Parent Infant Specialist

Social narratives and scripts are used to teach specific language that is appropriate and/or expected in a variety of social situations. This presentation will focus on what social stories and social scripts are, the social and emotional benefits they can have, and how they can be used in preschool classrooms for deaf or hard of hearing children. Subscribers click here.

April 9, 2013

Creating Holding Environment for Parents, Children, and Those with Whom We Serve

Catherine C. Carotta, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Director, Center for Childhood Deafness

Working with families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing requires a unique set of interpersonal and professional skills in order to achieve optimum outcomes. This presentation will present a framework for understanding human development in the context of supporting families as they navigate the path of learning how they can support their children. Conversations with parents will be used to illustrate the various components of the human development framework. Subscribers click here.

May 14, 2013

Chromosome Duplications and Deletions Affecting Speech and Hearing

Bethami Grossman, AuD, CCC-A and Kristal Platt, M.S., Certified Genetics Counselor and Vision Program Coordinator

Small duplications and deletions of chromosome material can cause significant changes in development. Deletion 22q11.2, the most common of these, has implications for both speech and hearing. Other less common chromosome alterations have also been identified in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This presentation will touch on the systemic effects of these changes and explore the impact of chromosome alterations as they relate primarily to speech and hearing. Subscribers click here.

June 11, 2013

What We Can Learn from Speech Recognition Testing in Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Ryan McCreery, Ph.D., CCC-A, Research Audiologist, Hearing and Amplication Research Lab

While the audiogram reveals the amount of hearing loss a child has, two children with the same audiogram can have very different outcomes in the real world. Speech recognition testing can provide clinicians with evidence about how hearing loss and intervention affect understanding. The use of speech recognition testing in quiet and background noise using stimuli across the linguistic continuum will be highlighted. Subscribers click here.

July 9, 2013

Examination of Parent Talk and Other Auditory Sources of Input in Children’s Everyday Environments: Using Automated Technology

Sophie Ambrose, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Speech-Language Pathologist

This presentation will explore what we know about relationships between the communication outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and the auditory input in their everyday environments. Auditory input can come from a variety of sources, including parent talk and television. Methods of assessing children’s auditory environments using automated technology will be discussed. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate how this technology can be utilized to coach parents to provide their children with optimal auditory environments. Subscribers click here.

Our presenters are available for distance follow-up conversations with agencies wishing to expand their interactions with hearing and speech-language experts at Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Nuts & Bolts License Fees

  • Single Agency License - $1,600
  • Multi-Agency License - $2,600
  • State-Agency License - $3,600

For more information or to purchase the Nuts & Bolts Series, please contact Teresa McEvoy at (402) 452-5000 or