Department of Audiology Faculty Articles

Title

Use of Baby Isao Simulator and Standardized Parents in Hearing Screening and Parent Counseling Education

ResearchID/ORCID ID

0000-0003-4997-0270, 0000-0001-6770-4377, 0000-0001-8330-9078, 0000-0002-0918-5510

ISBN or ISSN

1558-9137

Volume

25

Issue

3

Publication Date / Copyright Date

9-2016

First Page

211

Last Page

223

Publisher

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

DOI Number

10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0029

Abstract

Purpose: The primary purpose of this study was to test the effect of the combined use of trained standardized parents and a baby simulator on students' hearing screening and parental counseling knowledge and skills.

Method: A one-group pretest-posttest quasi-experimental study design was used to assess self-ratings of confidence in knowledge and skills and satisfaction of the educational experience with standardized parents and a baby simulator. The mean age of the 14 audiology students participating in this study was 24.79 years (SD = 1.58). Participants completed a pre- and postevent questionnaire in which they rated their level of confidence for specific knowledge and skills. Six students (2 students in each scenario) volunteered to participate in the infant hearing screening and counseling scenarios, whereas others participated as observers. All participants participated in the briefing and debriefing sessions immediately before and after each of 3 scenarios. After the last scenario, participants were asked to complete a satisfaction survey of their learning experience using simulation and standardized parents.

Results: Overall, the pre- and post–simulation event questionnaire revealed a significant improvement in the participants' self-rated confidence levels regarding knowledge and skills. The mean difference between pre- and postevent scores was 0.52 (p < .01). The mean satisfaction level was 4.71 (range = 3.91–5.00; SD = 0.30) based on a Likert scale, where 1 = not satisfied and 5 = very satisfied.

Conclusions: The results of this novel educational activity demonstrate the value of using infant hearing screening and parental counseling simulation sessions to enhance student learning. In addition, this study demonstrates the use of simulation and standardized parents as an important pedagogical tool for audiology students. Students experienced a high level of satisfaction with the learning experience.

Disciplines

Communication Sciences and Disorders | Medicine and Health Sciences | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology

Keywords

baby simulator, hearing screening, parent counseling education, students

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