A Conversation with Ellen Rhoades!
Ellen A. Rhoades, Ed.S. is a consultant, mentor, researcher, and writer. Across all continents, she serves colleagues, early intervention service providers, and families including their children with hearing loss. In 1977, she founded a non-profit auditory-verbal center in Atlanta USA and served as its executive director for 17 years. Additionally, she secured, developed, and directed a 3-year federal grant providing exemplary EI auditory-verbal services for the state of Georgia. She also established an auditory-verbal program in Tampa FL and was its executive director for 8 years as well as served as advisor to other auditory-verbal centers in other nations. Her 100+ published works include professional journal articles and chapters as well as her co-authored books entitled “Auditory-Verbal Practice: Family-Centered Intervention” (first and second editions), “Aural (Re)habilitation for Adolescents with Hearing Loss” and “Auditory-Verbal Therapy.” Her areas of expertise include psychosocial aspects of hearing loss, families of children with hearing loss, infant development, cross-modal learning, communication skills assessment, cross-cultural competence, self-determination, and the development of listening, auditory memory, spoken language, and cognitive capacities.
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