A Survey of Auditory Verbal Strategy Use by Professionals Working with Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Rosenzweig, MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT, Teachers College, Columbia University, ear2178@tc.columbia.edu

INTRODUCTION
You are being invited to participate in this research study called “A Survey of Auditory Verbal Strategy Use by Professionals Working with Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing” You may qualify to take part in this research study because you are a professional over 18 years of age who works with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Approximately 75 people will participate in this study and it will take 15 minutes of your time to complete.

WHY IS THIS STUDY BEING DONE?
This study is being done to investigate the strategies professionals use to facilitate listening and spoken language skill growth in children with hearing loss.

WHAT WILL I BE ASKED TO DO IF I AGREE TO TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?
If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete a demographic form and a survey which asks about your use of nineteen (19) different listening and spoken language strategies in your work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The survey will take approximately fifteen (15) minutes. Your responses are confidential and your name and identifying information beyond basic demographics will not be collected. Responses will be stored in a password-protected online cloud service accessible to only the principal investigator. At the end of the survey, you will have the option of supplying your contact information if you would like to discuss your answers with the research in greater detail, but this is not required.

WHAT POSSIBLE RISKS OR DISCOMFORTS CAN I EXPECT FROM TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY?
There are minimal risks associated with participating in this study. The principal investigator is taking precautions to keep your information confidential and prevent anyone from discovering or guessing your identity, such as aggregating all results instead of your name and keeping all information on a password protected data cloud.

WHAT POSSIBLE BENEFITS CAN I EXPECT FROM TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY?
There is no direct benefit to you for participating in this study. Participation may benefit training of professionals who work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

WILL I BE PAID FOR BEING IN THIS STUDY?
You will not be paid to participate.

WHEN IS THE STUDY OVER? CAN I LEAVE THE STUDY BEFORE IT ENDS?
The study is over when you have completed the survey. You can stop taking the survey at any time.

PROTECTION OF YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY
All data will be stored in a password protected cloud accessible only to the primary investigator. Regulations require that research data be kept for at least three years.

HOW WILL THE RESULTS BE USED?
The results of this study will be used to analyze practice patterns among professionals working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing on listening and spoken language skills. The data may be used for future publications in academic journals and/or conference presentations.

WHO CAN ANSWER MY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS STUDY?
If you have any questions about taking part in this research study, you should contact the principal investigator, Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT at ear2178@tc.columbia.edu.
If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject, you should contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB) (the human research ethics committee) at 212-678-4105 or email IRB@tc.edu. Or you can write to the IRB at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W. 120th Street, New York, NY 1002. The IRB is the committee that oversees human research protection for Teachers College, Columbia University.

PARTICIPANT’S RIGHTS
I have read and discussed the informed consent with the researcher. I have had ample opportunity to ask questions about the purposes, procedures, risks and benefits regarding this research study.
I understand that my participation is voluntary. I may refuse to participate or withdraw participation at any time without penalty.
The researcher may withdraw me from the research at his or her professional discretion if I do not meet the requirements for participation.
If, during the course of the study, significant new information that has been developed becomes available which may relate to my willingness to continue my participation, the investigator will provide this information to me.
Any information derived from the research study that personally identifies me will not be voluntarily released or disclosed without my separate consent, except as specifically required by law.
I should receive a copy of the Informed Consent document.

TC IRB Protocol #17-095

My affirmative response means that I agree to participate in this study *
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