Understanding and Supporting Families of Deaf Children

Deaf children and their parents, caregivers, and families together embark on a journey that can be simultaneously joyful, unexpected, challenging, and enriching. This project, enhanced by global collaborations, aims to support families by exploring the impact of programs and practices.

Scholarships and Activities

FCEI Consensus Statement Update. Family-Centered Early Intervention (FCEI) International. (Moeller, Gale, Birdsey, Szarkowski, Moodie, & Smith, October 2021).

Think joy is just a feeling… Think again: The science behind fostering joy. Hands & Voices Leadership Conference [Franklin, TN] (Szarkowski, September 2021)

Are we having fun yet? Promoting life, play, and communication. The Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series (Stephanie Olson, Children’s Hospital Colorado, June 2021)

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Family strengths: You DO have them, let’s consider how best to use them (For parents of 7–12 year old children). Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (Szarkowski, May 2021)

Family strengths: You DO have them, let’s consider how best to use them (For parents of 0–6 year old children). Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (Szarkowski, April 2021)

The power of DHH plus. Washington State Early Hearing-loss Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention Learning Community Spring Seminar (Szarkowski & Lindow-Davies, April 2021)

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Fostering joy: Impacting conversations between parents and professionals. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Family Conference (Szarkowski, April 2021)

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What do we know about the fathers? Research in the field of young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Virtual Conference (Szarkowski & Dirks, March 2021)

Promoting the social and emotional functioning of children who are DHH plus: A panel of parents and professionals. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Virtual Conference (Szarkowski, Lindow-Davies, Herrera, John, & Gonzales, March 2021)

Application of Strategies for Fostering JOY: Suggestions for Professionals and Families. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Virtual Conference (Szarkowski & Jones for the DHH Fostering Joy Core Team, March 2021)

Family connections: A Conversation with the Davis family. The Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series (Rashaun, Tyheshia, & Maddison Davis, February 2021)

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Fathers of young deaf or hard-of-hearing children: A systematic review. The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education (Szarkowski & Dirks, 2021)

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A qualitative study of differences among hearing parents in positive experiences raising a deaf child: An emergent model informed by positive psychology. Journal of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (Szarkowski & Brice, 2020)

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Hands & Voices Family Leadership in Language and Learning (FL3) Scientific Language and Literacy Advisory Board. Developmental milestones (Szarkowski, Contributor, 2020).

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Hands & Voices Family Leadership in Language and Learning (FL3) Center (Szarkowski, Advisory Board Member, 2020–present)

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Craving community: Thoughts about parenting our children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or with disabilities in trying times. The Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series (Candace Lindow-Davies, Hands & Voices, May 2020)

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Families, communities, & schools: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” The Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series (Marilyn Sass-Lehrer, Gallaudet University April 2019)

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An introduction to the foundations of a bilingual-bicultural education. CCCBSD’s Hand in Hand Family Support Program (Sarah Brandt & Robin Hough, February 2019)

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Differences in parental self-efficacy and parental involvement between fathers and mothers: Implications for early intervention. International Conference on Teaching Deaf Learners, Haarlem, The Netherlands (Szarkowski & Dirks, 2019)

Hands & Voices Fostering Joy Core Team (Szarkowski, Member, 2018–present)

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What am I doing right? Fostering development in your child. CCCBSD’s Hand in Hand Family Support Program (Szarkowski, December 2018)

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Family Centered Early Intervention International Advisory Board (Szarkowski, Member, 2016–present)

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