ESD 113 Adds Audiology Services

Welcome Dr. Dakotah Carda

Capital Region ESD 113 welcomes audiologist Dr. Dakotah Carda to our special education team. Dr. Carda joins us after completing her externship at Happy Ears Hearing Center in Peoria, AZ. She brings a passion for working with children with hearing loss to her work.

Educational audiology is an undermet practice area of audiology. For every 39,733 children who need these services, there is one practitioner. “This has been a need for some students that’s difficult for districts to provide,” says Steve Bigelow, Senior Director of ESD 113’s Lewis County Special Education Cooperative.  

 What does an Educational Audiologist do?

  • Identify students who need service through youth screening programs.
  • Assess students’ functional ability to access auditory information in the classroom
  • Recommend personal hearing instruments to improve sound amplification.
  • Train school personnel about hearing, hearing differences, and other auditory disorders.
  • Counsel students and families by providing training and support.
  • Educate students and school personnel about the prevention of hearing loss.

Bigelow says this is just the beginning. “We’re starting small and hope to see solid growth through the year.”

Contact Steve Bigelow for more information.