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.

Visual Impairment Supports Webinar Held August 28

Community Services: Technical Assistance Guam Department of Education Vision Impairment
Guam CEDDERS facilitated a webinar on August 28 conducted by Donna McNear, M.Ed., Vision Impairment (VI) Consultant, for Guam Department of Education, Division of Special Education VI Program personnel. Attending the two-hour webinar were (L-R): Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS; Donna McNear (on screen); Darlene Taimanglo, Part B & C VI Technical Assistance (TA) Provider; Diane Artero, Part B VI TA Provider; and Tricia Taitague, VI Program Coordinator.

CEDDERS Associate Director Connects with Autism TA Provider at the National Autism Conference

Community Services: Technical Assistance Developmental Disabilities Early Childhood
June De Leon, (right), Guam CEDDERS Associate Director, conferred with Donna Miller (left), during the 22th National Autism Conference held in State College, Pennsylvania on August 6-9. Ms. Miller, a technical assistance provider focusing on autism spectrum disorders for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, conducted a presentation titled, “Home-Based Coaching with Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” during the Conference.

Guam CEDDERS Training Associate Met with Guam Memorial Hospital Authority Nursing Supervisors About the Hearing Screening Compliance Survey

Community Services: Technical Assistance Continuing Education Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
L – R:  On July 11, 2018, Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate met with Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) nursing supervisors, Avelina “Bing” Opena, RN, NICU supervisor and Ma. Victoria “Marivic” Guiao, RN, OB Ward supervisor to review results and recommendations of the Hearing Screening Compliance Survey. Supervisors provided additional input for the training objectives for the upcoming “Hearing Screening Protocol and Equipment Training”, scheduled for July 16 – 17, 2018, which will be facilitated by, Renee L.G. Koffend, AuD, CCC-A, Guam EHDI Audiologist Consultant.

LTSAE: Tips and Tools for Monitoring and Tracking Children’s Early Development Training for Headstart Family Advocates

Community Services: Technical Assistance Community Services: Training Continuing Education
On June 22, Jenika Ballesta, Guam CEDDERS Research Associate (seated left), facilitated training on “Learn the Signs. Act Early,” for Headstart Family Advocates. The “Learn the Signs. Act Early” Program aims to improve early identification of autism and other developmental disabilities in children to enable families to access needed services and supports. Not shown in picture: Vera Blaz, Guam CEDDERS Training Associate.

Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Facilitated a Learning Community Meeting

Community Services: Technical Assistance Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
Marie Wusstig and Terrie Fejarang, Guam EHDI staff members, facilitated the second Learning Community Meeting held on June 1. Learning Community participants included three parents and a sibling, a pediatrician, an audiologist, nursing supervisors from Guam Memorial Hospital Authority and Guam Regional Medical City, and representatives from Sagua Mañagu Birthing Center, Guam Early Intervention System and Guam EHDI. A lively interactive discussion took place focusing on the promotion of a Shared Plan of Care (SPoC).

Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Facilitated Evaluation Work Group Meeting

Community Services: Technical Assistance Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Guam Early Intervention System
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.

Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Facilitate a Workgroup Evaluation Meeting

Community Services: Technical Assistance Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
On March 29, 2018, Guam EHDI QI/Evaluation Coordinator/Evaluation and Performance Monitor/Surveillance Supervisor, Joseph Mendiola, facilitated a Workgroup Evaluation Meeting at the Pacific Star Hotel with Guam Childlink-EHDI stakeholders and data system users. Mr. Mendiola gave an overview on the progress Guam EHDI has made over the past year. Stakeholders were also asked to provide input to improve the quality of the data collected and ways to improve the EHDI services on all levels of the hearing continuum. Pictured (Left to Right – Renee Koffend, Audiologist; Marie Wusstig, GEHDI Coordinator; Pamela Sablan, GRMC; Brittney Babauta, GRMC; Cid Mostaies, DPHSS; Barbara Leon Guerrero, GEIS; Margarita Gay, Administrator, DPHSS Bureau of Family Health & Nursing Services; Joseph Mendiola GEHDI QI Evaluation Coordinator/Evaluation and Performance Monitor/Surveillance Supervisor; Not shown: Terrie Fejarang, Guam EHDI Project Director; Mary Kidd, Guam EHDI Consultant; Ruth Leon Guerrero, Guam EHDI Office Technician; and Jenika Ballesta, Guam EHDI Hearing Screening Facilitator.

Guam EHDI Audiologist Conducts Orientation for Northern Regional Community Health Center Staff

Community Services: Technical Assistance Community Services: Training Continuing Education Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention
On February 23, 2018, Renee Koffend, AuD., CCC-A, Guam EHDI Audiology Consultant, conducted an orientation on the Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program for the clinic staff based at the Department of Public Health & Social Services Northern Regional Community Health Center