The My World tool can help you better understand what communication strategies the child is currently using and how effectively they are able to cope with different situations. This knowledge can also benefit other professionals involved in the management of the child's hearing loss.
Below is a guide that answers some of the most important questions about how the My World tool can be used to foster a multidisciplinary intervention to benefit the child.
Who would benefit from using My World in a multidisciplinary way?
- Clinical audiologists, educational audiologists, teachers of the deaf, speech and language therapists, educational psychologists, parents of hearing impaired children, social workers, health visitors, community pediatricians.
Why should professionals other than audiologists use My World?
- Learning to listen to the child's viewpoint can make everyone's work more effective.
- It can help to eliminate guesswork about the functional benefit of audiological interventions and save time in appointments and follow-up.
- It provides assurance about the benefit of current provision or impetus and direction for change.
How can professionals use the tool in a multidisciplinary way?
- Decide who coordinates the sharing of information. Perhaps the key worker should acquire this role?
- Decide what information is important to convey:
- Ratings (happy/sad face)
- Environments the child has described
- Important people in different processes
- Any immediate action plans needed and by whom
- Decide the vehicle for sharing the information: Online groups, case meetings, paper document sharing
- Decide what permissions will be needed
- Decide how to secure confidentiality to meet any existing policy
When and under what circumstances should My World be used?
- Annual reviews
- Hearing aid reviews
- Cochlear implant or other implant candidacy assessments
- Periodic educational assessments