This article describes the ways that pediatric audiologists are directing infants into Early Intervention, and the related barriers and facilitators. Over one hundred pediatric audiologists responded to an online survey including questions on how audiologists provide direct and indirect referrals to Early Intervention for those infants that are diagnosed with hearing loss. Most respondents agreed that audiologists are the best person to provide this referral, but many audiologists did not make the direct referral. Barriers to direct referral included time constraints and resistance from parents. Opportunities identified to improve referral included online referral systems and national guidelines for what qualifies a child with hearing loss for Early Intervention.
Loyola, N. Shanahan, B. Shanahan, C. Kawai, K. & Stiles, D. J. (2017). Are Audiologists Directly Referring Children with Hearing Loss to Early Intervention?. Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, 2(2), 17-23. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15142/T31M0V
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