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Adults Are Not Just Big Babies!. IFSPC 4 2010 Scottsdale, Arizona Presenter: Teresa H. Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT Hearts for Hearing. The Hearts for Hearing Team. Audiologists Additional Team Members

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adults are not just big babies

Adults Are Not Just Big Babies!



Scottsdale, Arizona


Teresa H. Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Hearts for Hearing

the hearts for hearing team
The Hearts for Hearing Team

Audiologists Additional Team Members

Jace Wolfe, Ph.D., CCC-A Kris Taylor Kerri Brumley Pati Burns

Heather Kasulis, AuD, CCC-A June Cashion Sheryl Gamblin

Kimberly Fox, AuD., CCC-A Sherry Edward Kristie Murphy

Brooke Shoemaker, AuD., CCC-A

Speech-Language Pathologists

Joanna T. Smith, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Teresa H. Caraway, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Wendy DeMoss, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Tamara Elder, M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Darcy Stowe, M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Natalie O’Halloran, M.S. CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Lindsay Steuart, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Krissa Cummins, M.S., CCC-SLP

Collaborating Partners

Dr. R. Stanley Baker, Otologic Medical Clinic

Dr. Mark Wood, Otologic Medical Clinic

Dr. Wayne Berryhill, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences

supporting family members caregivers
Supporting Family Members / Caregivers

Number of waking hours per day of a typical 2 yr old

Number of waking hours per week of a typical 2 yr old

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Supporting Family Members / Caregivers

Number of waking hours per month of a typical 2 yr old

Number of waking hours per year of a typical 2 yr old


Supporting Families in Early Intervention



How do adults learn?

what we know about adult learners
What We Know about Adult Learners
  • Everyone can learn
  • Some of our most important learning abilities can’t be measured
  • Learning is the making of meaning
  • Performance and retention come from learner engagement
  • Learning must include engagement and creative expression
  • We all learn differently

McCarthy, Bernice, 4MAT System Model, www.

we all learn differently
We All Learn Differently

How do you learn a new task?

how do you learn
How Do You Learn?

You have just moved into a new house that has an oven with a convection feature. You are ready to use your new oven but have never had a convection feature. How do you learn to use the new oven?

types of adult learners
Types of Adult Learners

1.You prefer “hands on”, not afraid to take risks. You jump in and do by trial and error. Your favorite question is: What if?

  • You prefer to know what the experts think, read the manual cover to cover, Your favorite question is: Why?

3.You prefer basic facts first then pull up your sleeves for hands on experimenting. Your favorite question is : How?

  • You prefer to bring own experience into the process. You listen, discuss and enjoy consulting with others. Your favorite question is: Why

Implications of

Different Adult Learning Styles on

Early Intervention

Dynamic Learner

Analytic Learner



Common Sense


generational learning differences
Generational Learning Differences

Boomers and Xers and Yers –OH MY!


Supporting Families involves:

- meeting parents/caregivers where they are in the journey.

- equipping parents/caregivers with the skills, disciplines and knowledge so that they can reach their desired outcome for their child.

self assessment
Self Assessment
  • When parents ask me questions that require me to draw my on my area of expertise

a. I almost always have the answers

b. I freak out if I don’t have all the answers.

c. I evade the question if I don’t‘ have the answers.

d. I use what I know, add to what the parent

knows, and encourages the parent to build on

what he or she knows.

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Self Assessment

2. When a caregiver shares an idea with me

a. I immediately compare it to my own values,

beliefs, and preferences.

b. I evaluate how realistic it actually is.

c. I consider it in light of the caregiver’s intended


d. I immediately agree or disagree and let the

caregiver know what I think.

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Self Assessment

3. When working with a caregiver

a. I focus on my agenda or plan so that I can be


b. I follow the other person’s lead during a

conversation to determine how I can be helpful.

c. I focus on the other person’s issue at that moment,

then bring the conversation back to my plan for the


d. I get frustrated when he or she cannot stay on task.

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Self Assessment

4. When people describe me, they tend to use words such as

a. Supportive, encouraging, and caring

b. Busy, rushed, and hardworking

c. Opinionated, directive, and to the point

d. Sympathetic, soft-hearted, and forgiving

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Self Assessment
  • When working with caregivers and colleagues

a. I tend to tell people what I think they want to


b. I share complete and unbiased information.

c. I give only positive feedback.

d. I wait to avoid sharing difficult information as long as I possibly can.

Coaching Families and Colleagues in Early Childhood by Barbara Hanft, Dathan Rush, & M’Lisa L. Sheldon. Brooks Publishing Co.


Rosetti surveyed 300 parents/caregivers to determine their number one frustration with service providers:

  • He then surveyed 300 service providers to determine their number one frustration with parents/caregivers:

What do you want the families to say

about you or your program?

  • Providing quality family support creates a situation where everyone wins.
  • We can learn and grow from each other when we respect and approach others as “enlightened”.
  • We all need to be lifelong learners to better serve children with hearing loss and their families.
  • Everybody can improve!
  • When providing family it is critical to consider:

-Adult Learning Style Differences

-Generational Learning Differences

-The influence of your personal


  • Adults are not just big babies – they

have a life time of experience!

contact information
Contact Information

Heart for Hearing

3525 N.W. 56th Street

Building A, Suite 150

Oklahoma City, OK 73112