Research / Survey Opportunities

 

Agencies, Organizations, Universities and others are often looking for participation of families and professionals for current research and survey projects. Each opportunity listed below has contact information if you would like to participate. Please contact the specific entity that is sponsoring each research/survey opportunity if you would like more information.

Unless otherwise noted, Hands & Voices does not necessarily promote the goals and objectives of listed research/survey opportunities and participants are advised to clarify any questions/concerns prior to participation with contacts listed for each research/survey opportunity.

DATES NAME OF OPPORTUNITY TARGET POPULATION

Ongoing

Research Volunteers Needed for a Study at the University of Chicago Medical Center!

Chicagoland Area

Thru October 2015

Prosody and Voice Characteristics of Children Using Cochlear Implants

Greater Washington, D.C. area, including MD and Northern VA
Ongoing Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Child Social-Emotional Competence, Child Communication Competence, and Parental Stress. International
Ongoing National Early Childhood Assessment Project (NECAP – “kneecap”) AZ, CA, ID, WY, ME, TX, IN, CO, OR, WI, MN
Ongoing Science of Learning Center on Visual Languages and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University Nationwide
Ongoing Cochlear Implantation among deaf children with additional needs Canadian and U.S. Parents
Ongoing Survey On FM Use For Children With Hearing Loss Nationwide
Ongoing The Handheld Signing Math & Science Dictionaries for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Museum Visitors Research Project Boston, MA

For information on submitting your project for inclusion on this page please read our submittal request sheet. Also, here is an example of a sample submission.

 

Parent Research / Survey Opportunities

- Descriptions of Studies -

 


Research Volunteers Needed for
a Study at the University of
Chicago Medical Center!

We are looking for parents of children with hearing loss to participate in a toddler sound environment study

Families who qualify may earn between $350 and $400

Dr. Suskind and her research team at the University of Chicago Medical Center are interested in learning more about toddler sound environments. As part of this study, you will complete recordings of your child’s sound environment and the research team will analyze the recordings using special software. Information gathered will help find ways to improve children’s sound environments and help them reach their potential!

You and your child may qualify if:

  • Your child is under 4 ½  years old
  • Your child has moderate to profound hearing loss
  • Your child uses hearing aid(s), bone-anchored hearing aid, or cochlear implant(s)
  • Your family uses spoken language in the home
  • You have at least one day per week when you’re home with your child

Call 773-834-8629 to find out if you qualify!


 

The George Washington University Cochlear Implant Research Lab

Washington, D.C.

Partcipants needed By George Washington University Researchers

Hello! We are researchers from the George Washington University Cochlear Implant Research Lab located in Washington, D.C. The goal of our research is to better understand how young, deaf children with cochlear implants develop their speaking and listening abilities. We are currently obtaining data on both hearing children and those with cochlear implants. Our research will investigate characteristics of language, sound production, voice, rhythm, and inflections during various speaking tasks.

Who is eligible for this research?

We are looking for participants with cochlear implants who exhibit reliance on spoken English in the home and who meet the following criteria:

  • Are 4 to 7 years old
  • Are profoundly deaf with the deafness detected at or near birth
  • Have received their first implant prior to 24 months of age
  • Have worn their implant for at least 18 months following their implantation
  • Have no motor or cognitive difficulties that would affect development.
  • Are located in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, including Northern VA and MD

What is involved if my child participates?

  • Your child will be involved in a number of tasks aimed at sampling their speech, listening, and language abilities.  These include standardized testing, computerized listening games, and play activities aimed at sampling the child’s language skills
  • Participation in tasks will require 1 to 2 visits of 60 to 90 minutes each

Following completion of data collection:

  • You will receive $100 to cover transportation, parking and time involved.
  • Your child will receive an educational toy following each session.
  • Results of standardized testing will be shared with parent.

If you have questions or are interested in participating in this study please contact:

James Mahshie, Ph.D.
Professor, George Washington University
Sangsook Choi, Ph.D.
Researcher
2115 G St., NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202)994-3195 or email cistudy@gwu.edu


T H E    U N I V E R S I T Y    O F   B R I T I S H    C O L U M B I A

Faculty of Education
Department of Educational &Counselling Psychology & Special Education
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z4
604-822-8539 Tel, 604-822-3302 Fax

Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Child Social-Emotional Competence, Child Communication Competence, and Parental Stress

Do you have a child with hearing loss (who is deaf or hard of hearing) between the ages of 5 and 12?

As a mother of a young child with hearing loss, I know how important it is to foster healthy social-emotional development in our children. Not much is known about factors contributing to positive social-emotional development in children with hearing loss and so I need your help. Please consider participating in a study for my Master’s thesis that will consider relationships between child social-emotional competence, child communication competence and parental stress in a sample of parents of young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Details:

  • 25-35 minute electronic survey (you will not be identified by name)
  • A chance to win a $100 Visa gift card
  • To participate e-mail sedevstudy@gmail.com and you will be sent a unique online link

For more information contact:

Brita Colero
sedevstudy@gmail.com
604-822-8539


Hands & Voices is pleased to announce it’s Partnership with the:  

National Early Childhood Assessment Project (NECAP – “kneecap”)

Principal Investigator: Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator: Allison Sedey, Ph.D.

 

We are excited to announce a new project awarded to Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano at the University of Colorado-Boulder by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The aims of this project are to:

  • support interested states in implementing a standard assessment battery for children from birth to 4 years of age who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • examine the feasibility of creating a national database of early childhood outcomes
  • assist states in interpreting assessment results and using these results to drive intervention goals and decisions
  • characterize the service delivery models of early intervention programs throughout the United States
  • determine early intervention program characteristics that are related to more successful language outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Eligible Participants

All children from 6 months to 4 years of age with permanent hearing loss are eligible to participate.  Children whose loss is not permanent (e.g., cases where the hearing loss is solely a result of otitis media) are not eligible.  Eligible children may have:

  • Unilateral or bilateral loss
  • Conductive, senori-neural, or mixed hearing loss
  • Any degree of permanent hearing loss from mild to profound
  • Multiple disabilities or hearing loss only
  • English or Spanish as the language of the home

Benefits of Participation

Individual Child and Family Benefits

  • Includes parent input in the assessment process
  • Measures children’s skills and abilities across a variety of developmental areas
  • Allows parents and interventionists to monitor a child’s progress over time and identify potential delays at their onset
  • Compares a child’s language abilities to both children who are hearing and other children with hearing loss
  • Provides a data-driven approach to making educational programming decisions
  • Assists in the generation of IFSP/IEP goals

Program Benefits

  • Provides statewide and program-specific accountability data on an annual basis
  • Allows programs to examine outcomes across different subgroups of children
  • Informs professional personnel preparation needs
  • Includes access to normative test data on children who are deaf or hard or hearing
  • Results in networking with program directors and EHDI personnel in other states
  • Gives states an opportunity to contribute to a national database which will allow us to characterize the language strengths and weaknesses of children with hearing loss and identify factors that are predictive of more successful language outcomes

If you have questions or are interested in becoming involved in this project, please contact:

Allison Sedey
University of Colorado-Boulder

409 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309
303: 492-0078
Allison.Sedey@Colorado.edu

Hands & Voices Contact:  Janet DesGeorges
303-492-6283
janet@handsandvoices.org

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Science of Learning Center on Visual Languages and Visual Learning (VL2)at Gallaudet University

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ANNOUNCING the launch of a longitudinal study of young deaf and hard of hearing children by the Science of Learning Center on Visual Languages and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University.  The three-year study will involve gathering detailed information and collecting data regarding young deaf and hard of hearing children’s language development, communication, and developmental profiles.

Along with surveys of parents, teachers, and school administrators, a comprehensive battery of assessments administered by trained evaluators from Gallaudet University will be given to deaf and hard of hearing children whose families agree to participate.    

VL2 is seeking schools to participate in the study.  Parents are encouraged to talk to their school administrators and inform them about the study.  Participation is not limited to children who sign; all communication approaches are eligible to participate.

I have set up a blog on the VL2 Public Wiki http://vl2wiki.editme.com/ to provide updates about the project and to answer questions that you may have. 

Sharon Baker, Research-Practice Integration Team member

 For more information or to register as a partnership school, contact:

Thomas Allen, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning
Gallaudet University SLCC 1200
800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-651-5866

Email: VL2@gallaudet.edu

Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2)
The VL2 Center, located on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, is one of six Science of Learning Centers (SLC) funded by the National Science Foundation grant # SBE-0541953.  The Center brings together deaf and hearing researchers and educators from national and international institutions to conduct interrelated studies across disciplines. VL2’s primary mission is to gain a greater under­standing of the biological, cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and pedagogical conditions that influence visual language and visual learning.  More information may be found at www.vl2.gallaudet.edu.

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Cochlear Implantation among deaf children with
additional needs

Parental perspectives of child and family outcomes
and experiences


Paid volunteers needed to participate in a study

Please Join Us in This Important Study!

If you are:

  • A parent
  • Your child has a cochlear implant
  • Your child has additional needs such as: Autism, Cerebral palsy, or health impairments

then we need YOUR HELPto learn about parents’ experiences of the cochlear implantation process for their child and their family. At the moment, very little is known about the benefits and challenges of cochlear implantation for deaf children with additional needs and their families, especially from parents perceptive. Your experiences are important to us!!!

Our hope is to assist professionals and cochlear implant teams to optimize service delivery for deaf children with cochlear implants who have additional needs, and their families. Moreover, parent-generated information has been found to be very helpful to other parents who have similar experiences.

Please consider either completing a survey (either online or in a paper format) and/or participating in an interview. We are asking for no more than one hour of your time!!!

Participating parents will receive $35 as an honorarium for taking time to volunteer for the study.

To find out more about how you can get involved, please contact us at :

Phone: 604-822-5262

E-mail: janet.jamieson@ubc.ca

Conducted by:

Dr. Janet Jamieson, Professor

Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education

 

Dr.Anat Zaidman-Zait, PhD.

Dept. of Human Early Learning Partnership

The University of British Columbia, Canada

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SURVEY ON FM USE FOR CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS

To our colleagues and to parents of children
with hearing loss

We are trying to understand how many children with hearing loss are using FM systems. If they are using them, at what ages, and in what conditions they are used. We have developed a quick and easy survey that we want to distribute to parents of children with hearing loss (assuming that they will know best how and where their children are using FM's). We would appreciate it if you could share this survey link with the parents of children you work with in the hope that they will be willing to complete the information. Families with more than one child with hearing loss should complete the form separately for each child.  We are really grateful for your help

Thank you, Jane Madell and Carol Flexer

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FMkids

Jane R. Madell, PhD
Director, Pediatric Audiology Consulting
Jane@JaneMadell.com

Carol Flexer, PhD
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of Akron
cflexer@uakron.edu

 

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The Handheld Signing Math & Science Dictionaries for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Museum Visitors Research Project

The MoS and TERC are looking for families and school groups to use and
give opinions about a new portable, 3D dictionary of ASL science and
math terms that is on an iPod Touch.

Come to the Museum of Science in Boston FREE
(with free parking for families and bus transportation
for school groups) and use the 3D
ASL dictionary to explore 1 of 2 exhibits:
- Run, jump and swing at “Science in the Park”
- “Take a Closer Look” with your senses!
- Give your opinion of the 3D ASL
science dictionary
- Explore the Museum!
Please contact Tara Robillard by email:
tara_robillard@terc.edu or phone: 617-873-9872 for more information,
and/or to set up a visit date and time. Scheduling visits now for
February – December of 2012!

more info...

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