An Audiological Fear Reduction Program for a Child This article presents a program for reducing the fear of audiological procedures in a 6-year-old female student who is deaf. Developed by a school audiologist and the school counselor, this eight-session program involved several interventions. These included familiarizing the subject with the procedures and providing reassurance, hands-on activities, graded exposure ... Clinical Exchange
Clinical Exchange  |   January 01, 1998
An Audiological Fear Reduction Program for a Child
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lisa Daar, PhD
    St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf, Brooklyn, NY
  • Henna Grunblatt
    St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf, Brooklyn, NY
  • Contact author: Lisa Daar, PhD, Department of Support Services, St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf, 260 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11225.
    Contact author: Lisa Daar, PhD, Department of Support Services, St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf, 260 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11225.×
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Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / School-Based Settings / Clinical Exchange
Clinical Exchange   |   January 01, 1998
An Audiological Fear Reduction Program for a Child
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1998, Vol. 29, 45-47. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2901.45
History: Received November 27, 1995 , Accepted February 24, 1997
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1998, Vol. 29, 45-47. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2901.45
History: Received November 27, 1995; Accepted February 24, 1997

This article presents a program for reducing the fear of audiological procedures in a 6-year-old female student who is deaf. Developed by a school audiologist and the school counselor, this eight-session program involved several interventions. These included familiarizing the subject with the procedures and providing reassurance, hands-on activities, graded exposure to the procedures, peer modeling, and reinforcement for cooperation with the procedures. A significant reduction in anxiety and an increase in cooperation with audiological procedures at the school was noted. At 8-month follow-up, the client was cooperative when earmolds were made for her at the school. In addition, some generalization to another audiological setting was reported.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
We thank David Grunblatt and Warren Landau for their assistance in reviewing, and in making helpful suggestions concerning, this manuscript. In addition, we thank audiologist William Egbert for his input and advice as this program developed; and we thank all of the staff members at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf who assisted us in scheduling sessions and preparing the materials necessary for the implementation of the program.
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