Now additionally emphasizing listening and spoken language techniques for children using hearing aids
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Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) is an intensive program for professionals providing early intervention services for children (0-5) using all hearing technologies. It is specifically designed for teachers of deaf children, speech-language pathologists and educational audiologists with beginning-to-limited experience in providing (re)habilitation services to children with implants. Professionals who are currently in supervisory or leadership positions and who are responsible for making decisions regarding children who are 0-5 and present with hearing loss will also benefit from this program. Since building collaborative partnerships is one of the goals of PPCI, special consideration will be given to schools or agencies supporting the application of 2 team members in any one session. PPCI on-site course work is supplemented by rigorous advance study and long term follow-up culminating in a three-day summer meeting to fulfill requirements of the program. Nine graduate credits from Smith College, ASHA CEUs and or LSLS CE hours are awarded upon successful completion of all elements of PPCI.
Most hospital-based cochlear implant programs provide excellent medical and audiologic support to children with cochlear implants. However, educational personnel asked to provide the crucial post implant (re)habilitation to students with implants were often unprepared to do so. To address this need, the Educational Consultant Training Program (ECTP), previously housed at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, was developed. The ECTP prepared teachers of children with hearing loss to meet the needs of youngsters with implants in school settings. Based on the successes of ECTP, PPCI was created to expand the training outreach to include speech and hearing professionals so that collaborative continuing education would be available.
As more and more children with implants enter the educational system, it is imperative that there be knowledgeable professionals to assist them in maximizing the potential of their devices. While great strides have been made in the dissemination of information regarding implants and the (re)habilitation of those children using this technology, PPCI attempts to formalize that preparation through its innovative and intensive curriculum design.
At the conclusion of all phases of PPCI, participants should be able to: