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Auditory Consultant Resource Network

​The Auditory Consultant Resource Network is one of the many innovative services that are offered by Boys Town National Research Hospital. For 40 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 working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Consultants provide onsite training and program development that capitalizes on effective hearing technology, current research, 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. who brings a strong foundation of experience and leadership in the field of listening and spoken language education and sign-based programs for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Members of the Hospital's staff also serve as mentors, course faculty and trainers. This multi-disciplinary team includes researchers, audiologists, assessment specialists, deaf educators, speech-language pathologists, counselors, interpreters and early interventionists.

Consultants provide services ranging from individual professional coaching to comprehensive school district or state-wide consultation which may include customized online continuing education. State agency and school district consultations assist professionals with examining current practices, staff training needs and service options for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The consultation process may include:

  • Participation in a systematic self-study process examining current services
  • Analysis of the program strengths, needs, opportunities and challenges
  • Development of a strategic plan focused on improving services
  • Activation of the strategic plan through seminars, professional coaching and leadership advisement
  • Participation in ongoing distance mentoring and online training opportunities

Through the use of state-of-the-art conferencing equipment and web streaming, the Network is able to connect classroom teachers, speech-language pathologists and audiologists with the Hospital's hearing researchers and specialists. This unique distance mentoring program enables state agencies and school districts to utilize the expertise of highly skilled professionals without the added time and expense of scheduling multiple onsite consultations. 

Services available include:

  • ​​Specially Designed Online Continuing Education Programs for Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Educators and Administrators
  • 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