Maureen Cassidy Riski
Class of 1980
ATLANTA â€” A new childrenâ€™s picture book, Abby Gets a Cochlear Implant, was released at the American Academy of Audiologyâ€™s AudiologyNOW! meeting in April and is available in time for Better Speech and Hearing Month. This illustrated childrenâ€™s picture book details the process of how â€œAbbyâ€ gets a cochlear implant.
The main character, Abby, wears purple hearing aids, has a progressive hearing loss and her family chooses a cochlear implant for her to help her hear even better. The story describes hearing testing, cochlear implants, and the steps a family would take to explore this habilitation option for their child who has hearing loss.
The author, Atlanta-based Maureen Cassidy Riski, AuD, has worked in the field of audiology for more than 22 years. She was inspired to write the book based on her real-life interaction with children and their families and the unmet need that she saw among families struggling to communicate this decision to their children.
Cochlear implants, coupled with intensive post-implantation therapy, can help young children to acquire speech, language, and social skills. Most children who receive implants are between 1 and 4 years old. Early implantation provides exposure to sounds that can be helpful during the critical period when children learn speech and language skills. An estimated 15,500 children in the United States have received cochlear implants. Cochlear implant manufacturer MED-EL and hearing aid manufacturer Phonak sponsored the production of this book.
The book can be ordered by clicking here or through www.amazon.com.
SOURCE: Cassidy Publishing
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