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Episode 104 | Deaf and Hard of Hearing Neuropsychological Evaluations in Children – With Dr. Jennifer Reesman

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In this episode, we talk with Dr. Jennifer Reesman about neuropsychological evaluations of children from the D/deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) community. We discuss DHH culture, language deprivation syndrome, medical etiologies of hearing loss, sign language and cued speech, cochlear implants, and various considerations for neuropsychological evaluations in children from the DHH community.

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Instructor Credentials

Jennifer Reesman

Dr. Reesman is board certified in clinical neuropsychology with subspecialty certification in pediatric neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She specializes in providing accessible neuropsychological assessments to children who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or affected by some type of hearing loss and provides evaluations and consultations in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. After a decade in practice as a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute, she is presently the training director for neuropsychology at the Chesapeake Center for ADHD, Learning & Behavioral Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Click here to watch her introduce herself in ASL.

Educational Objectives
  • List common medical etiologies for hearing loss in children.
  • Describe language deprivation syndrome and discuss why this is important for neuropsychological evaluations of children from the d/Deaf and hard of hearing community.
  • Apply information from this podcast episode in clinical evaluations of children who are deaf/hard of hearing (e.g., records review, general communication, clinical interview, test and normative selection, interpretation, feedback).
Target Audience
  • Introductory
  • Date Available: 2022-10-07
  • You may obtain CE for this podcast at any time.
Offered for CE
  • Yes
  • Members $30
  • Non-Members $37.50
Refund Policy
  • This podcast is not eligible for refunds
CE Credits
  • 1.5 Credit(s)
  • The author(s) has/have nothing to disclose
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