Presentation on theme: "Late-Onset Diagnosis A Mother's Experience Trying to find the resources, coordinated care, information, and support when your child is diagnosed post-newborn."— Presentation transcript:
Late-Onset Diagnosis A Mother's Experience Trying to find the resources, coordinated care, information, and support when your child is diagnosed post-newborn Taunya Paxton, Mother Pleasant Grove, Utah
Obligatory Faculty Disclosure Information In the past 12 months, I have not had a significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of the product(s) or provider(s) of the service(s) that will be discussed in my presentation. This presentation will not include discussion of pharmaceuticals or devices that have not been approved by the FDA.
Overview My son's Story Potential for Improvement Proposals
My Son's Story Triggers Chance diagnosed at almost 3 yrs Best guess deaf since ~13 months All professionals involved were surprised – ENT: « He's just a late talker » – Had some language – about 10 intelligible words – Babbled a lot, like what you'd expect from a younger child
At the Diagnosis (ABR): Audiologist gives diagnosis and summarizes options. I asked lots of questions, but it wasn't clear who should have the answers. – Audiologist? ENT? PCP?
After the Diagnosis: (Un)Coordinated Care PIP: We don't want to help – he's almost 3 ENT: We got the impression of Now that he's been diagnosed as deaf, I'm out of the picture. Audiologist: Did what was in his scope to do. Nobody explained what a hearing-aid- dispenser was: Is it like a Coke machine? Can I buy that at WalMart? PCP: Assumed ENT was taking ownership, and therefore did little as far as Chance's deafness.
After the Diagnosis: How we got help Audiologist: 'Choices in Deafness', genetic testing, approachable Found out about deaf pre-school (USDB) through AGBell parent representative (internet search) – We self-referred to USDB – no doctor mentioned them – Otherwise would have gone to common disabilities preschool – with Down's, Autistic, etc Once we were self-referred to USDB, they were incredibly helpful (loaner aids, etc) Local school didn't want to help.
The Money Pit Doctors: Are you on Medicaid? No? Oh, I'm sorry! Good luck Insurance calls deafness 'cosmetic' and 'an education issue' Took out loan for hearing aids So much discrepancy in price of hearing aids Black Market of information
Potential For Improvement Information packet from audiologist at time of diagnosis: – Where am I going and how do I get there? Before age 3, PIP is the Gatekeeper. Confusion about who should be the GateKeeper after age 3. Chance's world went silent; the diagnosis just sent us on a free trip to Pluto. – Professionals deal with this everyday. For parents, this is our very first exposure to it. We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto!
Proposals: Information Packet Contents Options in deafness: sign vs oral vs cued vs mix Refer to State School for the Deaf List of support groups – different lists for different approaches (oral vs sign) List and role of all players: Audiologist, ENT, PCP, Hearing-Aid Dispenser, etc. Yellow Brick Road list What impact does this have on sibling care – ie, should siblings be tested more frequently, etc., and by whom (PCP or audiologist?)
Proposals: Annual Hearing Test Annual Hearing Test until age 4 or 5? $45 and 30 seconds once a year (according to a couple of audiologists) many hospitals provide this test free of charge one day a month Every day of undiagnosed deafness affects the ability of these children to learn
So Where Are We Now? Chance is doing great In special oral-deaf school Parents are active in his education, USDB issues, AGBell Failed in getting insurance to cover hearing aids Parents in race against time to get cochlear implant so Chance can access higher frequencies