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Coaching and Empowering Caregivers

A goal of The Hear the World Foundation is to improve the quality of life and environment of people affected by hearing loss. One of our project partners, Partners for A Greater Voice (PGV), has developed this resource to support these efforts and which specifically targets caregivers of children: Coaching and Empowering Caregivers, an approach to foster well-being.

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Children Providing audiological care for children in low-income countries is a focal area of the Hear the World Foundation’s activities.
Professional training The Hear the World Foundation supports projects that enable continuous audiological training for professionals on site.
Prevention of hearing loss The Hear the World Foundation globally promotes awareness for the topics of hearing and hearing loss and thus actively contributes toward the prevention of hearing loss.
Programs for parents & families By supporting self-help groups for parents, the Hear the World Foundation makes an important contribution, thus ensuring that affected parents receive specific help and assistance.

This is an important resource for practitioners who work directly with families in developing countries. Parental caregivers are the key influencers of the children’s communication and learning, and practitioner coaching must consider caregiver’s psychological well-being. The book describes PGV’s domains of well-being and provides strategies to support parents’ emotional, social, and informational journey. A goal is to advance ways parental caregivers can thrive as leaders of their child’s development.

 

Help yourself to help others

To improve the development of children with hearing loss in low and limited resource communities, Coaching and Empowering Caregivers, an approach to foster well-being offers a paradigm in hearing health practices that considers psychological well-being a foundation to parent interventions.

According to many developmental psychologists, caregivers are most influential in a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development, when they have good self-perception, better psychological health, and high family function.

Parenting a child with hearing loss in low resource communities is very complex, due to high levels of stigma, stress and limited resources. In this book, Partners for A Greater Voice shares new interventions that focus on the caregiver’s emotional health and well-being and prepares them for their journey to raise children with hearing loss. Onsite training and education missions in parent education and support is still important, and this published manual provides an opportunity to reach far more communities and people.

Who is this book for?

Coaching and Empowering Caregivers, an approach to foster well-being is written for practitioners of audiology, education, disability rehabilitation, counseling, social worker, as well as any service provider of family centered practice in developing countries. Free copies will be given to practitioners who work and live in economically disadvantaged communities in support of their efforts to educate and empower parents.

Targeted audiences for this book include:

  • Audiologists and Technicians
  • Social Workers
  • Teachers of the Deaf
  • Speech Language Therapists
  • Parent Group Leaders and Advocates
  • Community Rehabilitation Coordinators                                            
  • Family Centered Service Providers
  • Pediatricians

Limited free copies available to qualified recipients

  • To support efforts to coach and empower parents in low- and limited- resource communities, Hear the World Foundation has funded the production and distribution of 100 books.
  • If you know practitioners who are working directly with their community and seeking further training in parent empowerment, then Coaching and Empowering Caregivers, an approach to foster well-being might be just the right resource.

Order a copy

To request a free copy, email your name, profession, organization, and mailing address. Please include an email address and phone number and send request to info@greatervoice.com. The book will be available for distribution in May. Kindly understand we have limited copies available for free.

About the author

The guidebook Coaching and Empowering Caregivers, an approach to foster well-being is developed and designed by Joanne Travers, founder and Executive Director of Partners for A Greater Voice (PGV). This international non-profit organization started in 2001 to support parents of children with hearing loss and practitioners of education and hearing health in low- and limited- resource communities. Based on the author’s experience raising two children with hearing loss, consulting parents, and directing international education and training missions, a holistic approach to engage and empower parental caregivers is now central to PGV programs. They welcome opportunities to provide in-country training and support.