GEIS Staff Receive Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation (DAE) Toolkits

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December 5, 2018: Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) staff received ten Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation (DAE) Toolkits for infants referred for a DAE from Guam EHDI staff. Toolkits include materials to assist families to prepare for the infant’s diagnostic audiological evaluation. Pictured Left to Right: Barbara Leon Guerrero, GEIS Data Clerk; Tanya Simer, Guam EHDI Hearing Screening Paraprofessional; Therese Sanchez, GEIS Service Coordinator. Not shown: Jenika Ballesta, Guam CEDDERS, Research Associate.

DOE Vision Instruction Program Staff Participate in Webinar Session

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November 16, 2018: Donna McNear, Consultant for the Guam Department of Education, Division of Special Education, Vision Instruction Program (on screen) facilitated another webinar in a series focused on providing supports to students with visual impairment. Attending this session were (L-R): Pat Mantanona, Program Coordinator for the Guam Early Intervention Program; Diane Artero, Vision Instruction Program (VIP) Teacher; Darlene Taimanglo VIP Teacher; and Tricia Taitague, Part B VI Program Coordinator.

Guam EHDI Meets with GMHA Medical Records

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On September 19, 2018, Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Staff met with Guam Memorial Hospital Authority Medical Records Staff to discuss weekly data entry of infants referring on the initial hearing screening into Guam ChildLink EHDI database. Pictured Left to Right: Sera Rios, Medical Records Administrator, GMHA; Nova Naguit, Medical Records Staff, GMHA; and Joseph Mendiola, QI & Evaluation Coordinator/Evaluator & Performance
Monitor/Surveillance Supervisor, Guam EHDI. Not shown: Marie Wusstig, Project Coordinator, Guam EHDI.

GEIS Facilitates Guam Early Intervention Parent Training

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On August 23, 2018 Guam CEDDERS in collaboration with Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) facilitated the “Learning Together: Parent Training”. There were 6 parents that attended the 2-hour training entitles: Tips for Promoting Your Child’s Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs. Early Childhood Consultant, Elaine Eclavea facilitated the training. Mrs. Eclavea began the first part of the training by presenting the importance of building relationships and quality time with your child. Participants discussed in depth the five tips for encouraging your child and the how important it is for parents to practice these with your child: Tip 1: Get your child’s attention; 2) Use behavior specific language; 3) Keep it simple – avoid combining encouragement with criticism; 4) Encourage with enthusiasm; 5) Double the impact with physical warmth; and 6) Use positive comments and encouragement with your child in front of others. Participants shared stories on how to supports these 5 strategies. In addition, Ms. Eclavea discussed how children learn through PLAY and that parents need to follow the child’s lead – and wait, watch, and then join in their child’s play. The next Learning Together Parent Training is scheduled for September 6, 2018 for information please call GEIS at 300-5776.
L-R: Lorilyn Staana, Sandra Leyner, Ana Lyn Flores, Susan Dugan, & Elaine Eclavea.

Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Facilitated Evaluation Work Group Meeting

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Joseph Mendiola, Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Interoperability Manager, facilitated the Evaluation Work Group meeting with EHDI ChildLink users on June 1. Participants of the Work Group included three parents, an audiologist, and representatives from the three civilian birthing sites, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Sagua Mañagu Birthing Center, and Guam Regional Medical City, as well as from Guam Early Intervention System and Guam EHDI staff.

Early Childhood Coaching

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Elaine Eclavea, Guam CEDDERS Early Childhood (EC) Consultant facilitated the Early Childhood Coaching booster training with the Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) Staff on May 3, 2018 at the University of Guam.

Elaine Eclavea (second from left) checks in with the GEIS team during a group activity. Pictured (L-R): Mike Cepeda, Elaine Eclavea, Sangi Susuico, and Ramon Castro.
Charlita Harper, R-Leen Mario, Nicole Morcilla, and Liz Blas discuss a case study during the Early Childhood Coaching training conducted by Elaine Eclavea.
Therese Sanchez, Sherry Cruz, and Gajee Parsons review handouts during the Early Childhood Coaching training conducted by Elaine Eclavea.

Help Me Grow Care Coordinators Training

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Elaine Eclavea, Guam CEDDERS Early Childhood Consultant, and Vera Blaz, CEDDERS Training Associate (not pictured), facilitated the Help Me Grow Care Coordinators training on April 30, 2018 at the GSAT Conference Room.  Twenty staff from Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) and Department of Public Health and Social Services attended the training.

Project Fitme Parent Support Group Coordinator Meets with GEIS

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On March 9, 2018, Susan Dugan, (R), the newly designated Project Fitme Deaf/Hard of Hearing Project Coordinator under Guam Positive Parents Together, Inc., a non profit organization, met with Marie Wusstig,(L), Guam EHDI Project Coordinator, and Pat Mantanona (C), Guam Early Intervention System Program Coordinator. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the re-establishment of a D/HH Parent Support Group.

Guam CEDDERS Delivers DAE Toolkits to Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS)

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On August 8, Ruth Leon Guerrero, Guam CEDDERS staff (left), delivered 15 Guam EHDI "DAE Toolkits" to Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS). The Toolkits contain resources and information for families who have a child being referred for a Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation (DAE).  Receiving the Toolkits is R-Leen Mario, GEIS staff (right).
On August 8, Ruth Leon Guerrero, Guam CEDDERS staff (left), delivered 15 Guam EHDI “DAE Toolkits” to Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS). The Toolkits contain resources and information for families who have a child being referred for a Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation (DAE). Receiving the Toolkits is R-Leen Mario, GEIS staff (right).