104| Deaf and Hard of Hearing Neuropsychological Evaluations in Children – A Conversation With Dr. Jennifer Reesman

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Jennifer Reesman about neuropsychological evaluations of children from the D/deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) community. We discuss DHH culture, language deprivation syndrome, medical etiologies of hearing loss, sign language and cued speech, cochlear implants, and various considerations for neuropsychological evaluations in children from the DHH community.

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About Jennifer

Dr. Reesman is board certified in clinical neuropsychology with subspecialty certification in pediatric neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She specializes in providing accessible neuropsychological assessments to children who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or affected by some type of hearing loss and provides evaluations and consultations in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. After a decade in practice as a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute, she is presently the training director for neuropsychology at the Chesapeake Center for ADHD, Learning & Behavioral Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  Click here to watch her introduce herself in ASL.

Selected Resources

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Terminology

Dancing hair cell

Auditory Neuroscience Book

APA Division 22 Special Interest Group on Deafness

The Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses

Gallaudet University


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Morere, D. A. (2013). Methodological issues associated with sign-based neuropsychological assessment. Sign Language Studies, 14(1), 8-20.

Plotkin, R. M., Brice, P. J., & Reesman, J. H. (2014). It is not just stress: Parent personality in raising a deaf child. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 19(3), 347-357.

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Reesman, J. H., Day, L. A., Szymanski, C. A., Hughes-Wheatland, R., Witkin, G. A., Kalback, S. R., & Brice, P. J. (2014). Review of intellectual assessment measures for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Rehabilitation Psychology, 59(1), 99.