NewGen Staff Visits GSAT

Guam Systems for Assistive Technology

November 13, 2018: NewGen Physical Therapy Chief Executive Officer Luan Nguyen and his staff, Grace Almonte, Janay Masga, Ashley Chua, Ashley Cabral, and Dr. Leonard Campos visited GSAT to explore the various Assistive Technology devices and services available. GSAT Center Coordinator Leah Abelon conducted a presentation of new mobility devices and tour of the Model Home, and gathered recommendations of other AT devices from the NewGen staff.

Working with Young Children Training Held

Community Services: Technical Assistance Early Childhood Project Bisita I Familia
November 8, 2018: Vera Blaz, CEDDERS Training Associate/Project Bisita I Familia Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, faciltated training on early childhood topics, such as child development, diversity, caring, special needs, ethics, positive guidance and discipline, observation, and assessment. The participants include home visiting staff and CEDDERS Psychology Practicum student. Pictured clockwise: Vera Blaz (facing screen), Veronica Santos and Ma. Gwen Yanesa, home visitors; and Maria Bontogon, Practicum student. Not pictured: Iris Sablan and Nicole Loren, home visitors; and Emraleen Roque, data clerk.

Parent Leadership Facilitates Training Meeting

Community Services: Training Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
November 3, 2018: Guam’s Positive Parents Together, Inc. (GPPT) Project Fitme Coordinator Susan Dugan facilitated an “Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) training session at the Hagatna Library for parents of children identified with a hearing loss. Parents received an overview of the IFSP process.
Pictured Left to Right: Jay-Lynn Mendiola, parent; Susan Dugan, GPPT Project Fitme Project Coordinator; Evelyn Topasna, Parent Mentor; and Trisha Suzuki, Parent Mentor. Not pictured: Ashley Babauta, GPPT Project Fitme Support Staff.

San Jose University Scholars Participate in GRMC Swallow Therapy

EPICS OSEP
November 1, 2018: The Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) welcomed sixteen scholars from the “Educating Pacific Island Clinicians in Speech Pathology” (EPICS) Project. The scholars visited the Rehabilitation Department to participate in “swallow therapy” classes. The visiting scholars are graduate students in the Speech Pathology Program at San Jose State University (SJSU) through the EPICS Project, a personnel preparation grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), in partnership with the University of Guam When the scholars graduate, the new Speech Language Pathologists will fill much-needed positions in Guam schools and hospitals.
Participating in the classes were (Seated L-R): Cassandra Dimla; Aileen Serrano; Meagan Terlaje; Tatiana Perez; and Liahlanni Cruz. (Standing L-R): Sybil Crisostomo, CCC-SLP, GRMC Speech Therapist; Gabriella Duenas; Bobbie Obillo; John Payne; Lisa Eclavea; Jasmin Advani; Christina Coles; Dianne Sapida.

Guam EHDI holds Sustainability Meeting

Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention

November 1, 2018: The Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EDHI) Sustainability Planning Committee held a follow-up meeting to continue the development of initial plans for long-term system sustainability of the universal newborn hearing screening process and maintenance of the Guam ChildLink-EHDI database. Participating in the meeting were: L-R: Joseph Mendiola, Guam CEDDERS/Guam EHDI Interoperability Data Manager; Sherry Cruz, Service Provider, Guam Early Intervention System, Guam Department of Education; Pat Mantanona, Program Coordinator, Guam Early Intervention System, Guam Department of Education; Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director/Guam EHDI Project Director; Margarita B. Gay, Administrator, Bureau of Family Health and Nursing Services, Department of Public Health and Social Services; and Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS/Guam EHDI Program Coordinator.

New Guam EHDI Staff Meets with GMHA OB Ward and Nursery Staff

Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
October 26, 2018: The newest team member of the Guam EHDI Project, Hearing Screening Paraprofessional, Tanya Simer met with GMHA OB Ward and Nursery staff. Pictured from Left to right: Tanya Simer, Guam CEDDERS and Ma. Victoria (Marivic) Guaio, GMHA OB Ward nursing supervisor. Not pictured: Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS.
Pictured from Left to right: Tanya Simer, Guam CEDDERS, Avelina (Bing) Opena and Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS.

Projects Participate in Guam Head Start Parent Engagement Conference

Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Guam Systems for Assistive Technology
October 27, 2018: The Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EHDI) Project Fitme participated in the 2018 Guam Head Start Parent Engagement Conference at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort. Information about initial screening for newborns was shared with participants. Pictured with participants is Tanya Simer, Guam EHDI Hearing Screening Paraprofessional.
October 27, 2018: The Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) staff shared information about GSATs programs and services, with particular emphasis on various assistive technology devices that can assist children with communication and mobility. Pictured with an attendee is Shawni Acfalle, GSAT Center Assistant.
October 27, 2018: Guam EHDI Project Fitme with Guam Positive Parents Together (GPPT) participated in the 2018 Head Start Parent Engagement Conference at Dusit Thani Guam Resort. Information on the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Parent Support Group was shared with attendees. Pictured with attendees are Susan Duggan, GPPT Project Fitme Coordinator, and Tanya Simer, Guam EHDI Hearing Screening Paraprofessional.

Guam EHDI Sustainability Planning Committee Meet

Department of Public Health & Social Services Guam Department of Education Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention

October 12, 2018: The Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EDHI) Sustainability Planning Committee held its first meeting to begin the development of initial plans for long term system sustainability of the universal newborn hearing screening process. Participating in the meeting were: L-R: Maggie Bell, Maternal Child Health Program Coordinator, Department of Public Health and Social Services; Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS/Guam EHDI Program Coordinator; Joseph Mendiola, Guam CEDDERS/Guam EHDI Interoperability Data Manager; Pat Mantanona, Program Coordinator, Guam Early Intervention System, Guam Department of Education; and Maggie Bell, MCH Program Coordinator, Department of Public Health and Social Services. Not shown: Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director/Guam EHDI Project Director.