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Steppingstones Project

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Photo of a woman puttong headphones on a child

Pictured from left: Krysta Beaver,
Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic); Participant; Kate Saunders; and Carol Commings

The Steppingstones Project, directed by Kate Saunders and Dean Williams along with graduate assistant Carol Cummings, is getting some well-deserved attention from the University of Kansas.

Also known by its “real name” - Improving Outcomes for Young Children with Hearing Impairment and Other Disabilities: Technology for Audiometric Assessment - this U.S. Department of Education funded project will be highlighted in the upcoming KU Life Span Institute Annual Report.

The purpose of this project is to develop computer-based procedures and protocols individualized for children with hearing loss and additional disabilities so they can communicate with their audiologist that they hear tones associated with a hearing assessment. Project researchers are now testing the new computer-based software that teaches the stimulus-response relations that are required for a valid measure of hearing. The long-term outcome is for young children with multiple disabilities to receive the testing that is needed so they can benefit from hearing technology.

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