Professional Development: Are We Meeting the Needs of State EHDI Programs?
State coordinators of early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs completed a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, or SWOT, analysis that consisted of 12 evaluative areas of EHDI programs. For the professional development area, 47 coordinators responded with a total of 223 items, and themes were identified in each SWOT category. A threats, opportunities, weaknesses, and strengths, or TOWS, analysis yielded 12 recommendations that focused on similar themes. Out of these 32 recommendations, 3 distinct strategies emerged: 1) target personnel shortages through collaborative relationships and partnerships by providing a range of professional development activities that target medical, clinical, and educational professionals who deliver direct services to young children with hearing loss and their families; 2) establish policies and procedures to eliminate barriers to training; and 3) publicize all training opportunities to foster greater participation. Addressed successfully, these recommendations can strengthen professional development in state EHDI programs.
Houston, K.T., Muñoz, K., Bradham, T. (July, 2011). Professional development: Are we meeting the needs of state EHDI programs? Volta Review, 111(2), 209-224