Amy Szarkowski

Amy Szarkowski
Harvard Medical School | HMS · Department of Psychiatry

Doctor of Psychology

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Introduction
Psychologist interested in understanding children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) and their families utilizing "whole child" and "positive psychology" perspectives. Currently exploring pragmatics in DHH children, the experiences of fathers of children who are DHH, and the specific concerns and needs of children who are DHH with disabilities (DwD)/Deaf Plus.
Additional affiliations
July 2007 - present
Boston Children's Hospital & Harvard Medical School
Position
  • Medical Professional
Description
  • I am a psychologist who has worked in the Dept. of Otolaryngology. I presently work at Boston Children's as a faculty member in the LEND (Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) program.

Publications

Publications (40)
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(1) Background: Studies related to family-centered early intervention (FCEI) for children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) have largely focused on mothers, at the exclusion of fathers. Yet, understanding fathers’ experiences with FCEI is also important and may inform service delivery. The present study explores self-efficacy and involvement wi...
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Although major strides have been made in supporting the linguistic development of deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children, a high risk of pragmatic delay persists and often goes unrecognized. Pragmatic development (the growing sensitivity to one’s communication partner when producing and comprehending language in context) is fundamental to children...
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The emergence of positive psychology as an approach to studying what makes life worth living has inspired a new wave of research. Studies have focused on the prevalence and degree of positive attributes, attitudes, and characteristics in the wider population. Increasingly, lessons learned from positive psychology have been applied to understanding...
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Cochlear implants are uncontroversially helpful in restoring hearing to native spoken language users with later or progressive hearing loss. This chapter focuses not on this group, but rather on the more difficult issues in the cochlear implantation of children born deaf or with significant loss of hearing before fully acquiring their first languag...
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In this article, we review relational factors in early childhood believed to contribute in unique ways to pragmatic skill development in deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) infants and toddlers. These factors include attending to infant interactions with caregivers and others, supporting development of theory of mind through play and use of mental state...
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COVID-19 forced a significant change for participants of the Disability Policy Seminar (DPS) typically held annually in Washington, D.C. The DPS is a policy event that both informs its participants about current policy and supports attendees visiting Capitol Hill to meet with legislators. In 2020, the DPS event, which took place during the early ph...
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COVID-19 forced a significant change for participants of the Disability Policy Seminar (DPS) typically held annually in Washington, D.C. The DPS is a policy event that both informs its participants about current policy and supports attendees visiting Capitol Hill to meet with legislators. In 2020, the DPS event, which took place during the early ph...
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Much of the literature exploring the role of parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) has focused on mothers; yet, the involvement and perspectives of fathers is valuable and warrants attention. Following the PRISMA guidelines, this systematic literature review examined the peer-reviewed research that has differentially explored th...
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The current qualitative study explored the positive, internal, and growth-enhancing experiences hearing parents derived from raising achild who isdeaf or hardofhearing. Based on characteristics of parents’ processand outcomesof the parenting experiences, three distinct parent patterns were identified. Reflective PositiveParentsreflected deeply abou...
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The purpose of this supplement is to highlight the importance of attending to the development of pragmatic skills in children who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) for health care professionals, allied health professionals, and researchers. Through increased awareness of the need to identify congenital hearing loss as early as possible, the medica...
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In this article, we discuss deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children’s pragmatic difficulties and strengths from within the lived experiences of 5 hearing parents of DHH children and 5 DHH adults (one of whom is also a parent of a deaf child). We define lived experience as both a specific form of knowledge (first-hand stories from everyday life) and...
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Pediatrics Supplement on Pragmatics in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Editors: Amy Szarkowski, Dianne Toe, Susan Wiley, Jareen Meinzen-Derr OPEN ACCESS: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/146/Supplement_3
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Although major strides have been made in supporting the linguistic development of deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children, a high risk of pragmatic delay persists and often goes unrecognized. Pragmatic development (the growing sensitivity to one’s communication partner when producing and comprehending language in context) is fundamental to children...
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The purpose of this supplement is to highlight the importance of attending to the development of pragmatic skills in children who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) for health care professionals, allied health professionals, and researchers. Through increased awareness of the need to identify congenital hearing loss as early as possible, the medica...
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Trauma-sensitive schools create a space where all children can seek support without fear of escalating consequences. Some aspects of the experiences of students with disabilities may be best understood through a trauma-informed lens. Not all children with disabilities have been traumatized, neglected, or abused, although—tragically—many have (Jone...
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Deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) children who use spoken language face unique challenges when communicating with others who have typical hearing, particularly their peers. In such contexts, the social use of language has been recognized as an area of vulnerability among individuals in this population and has become a focus for research and interventi...
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This paper investigates the use of checklists to assess pragmatics in children and adolescents who are deaf and hard of hearing. A systematic literature review was undertaken to identify all of the published research articles between 1979 and 2018 on the topic of the assessment of pragmatics for this population of children and adolescents. The 67 p...
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This article proposes modifications to current rehabilitation methods for infants and children who are deaf or have reduced hearing. The widespread implementation of newborn hearing screening has resulted in numerous benefits to infants with reduced hearing and their families. Collectively, despite the enormous audiologica benefit that many childre...
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http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319340326 This easy-access guide summarizes the dynamic specialty of rehabilitation psychology, focusing on real-world practice in the medical setting. It begins by placing readers at the frontlines of practice with a solid foundation for gathering information and communicating effectively with patients, familie...
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eBulletin available at: http://raisingandeducatingdeafchildren.org/node/259 The issue Relatively little is known about the needs of the families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) and have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Working with these families can pose unique challenges for professionals, as information about how...
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Hearing parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children face unique challenges and stressors, the understanding of which has been the focus of numerous studies; yet, relatively little is known about their positive experiences. Using a qualitative purposive sampling design, interviews were conducted with 11 hearing parents (8 mothers, 3 fathers) explor...
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A "must-have" for every professional studying or working with the families of deaf and hard-of-hearing infants and toddlers, Dr. Marilyn Sass-Lehrer provides readers with the evidence-based knowledge needed to implement interdisciplinary and collaborative early interventional programming for professionals and students. Featuring a collaborative te...
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http://www.gallaudet.edu/Documents/Clerc/Odyssey/Odyssey2014Extra_Szarkowski_Eng.pdf
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This article provides a consensus perspective based on the authors' expertise and the limited available literature regarding our understanding of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH). The challenges in the accurate identification of an ASD in children who are D/HH, including red flags for a potentia...
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Utilizing a retrospective chart review of 30 children who have been dually diagnosed with hearing loss and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), this study explores the process of arriving at the diagnosis of ASD in this population. Factors of interest include the age of ASD diagnosis in children who are deaf and hard of hearing, the types of professio...
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Podcast on this topic can be found here: http://iafor.org/podcast/iafor-interviews-podcast-episode-28-dr-amy-szarkowski-dr-yukinori-komine/
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Video of the presentation is available here: http://iafor.org/podcast/iafor-conference-podcast-episode-27-dr-amy-szarkowski-dr-yukinori-komine/ Interview with the Executive Director of IAFOR can be found here: http://iafor.org/on-soft-power-the-un-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-amy-szarkowski-and-yukinori-komine-video/
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Lifespan developmental neuropsychology is the study of the systematic behavioral, cognitive, and psychosocial changes and growth that occur across infancy, adolescence, adulthood and later life. This book provides insight into how brain-behavior relationships change over time, how disorders differ in presentation across the lifespan, and what longe...
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Working with Deaf clients in a mental health setting requires specific knowledge about issues related to deafness in order to provide effective and appropriate services. Understanding Deaf Culture, working effectively with interpreters, communicating with someone who cannot hear your speech, and conceptualizing challenges that are unique to raising...
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Deafness may or may not be considered a 'disability' by those afflicted with auditory loss, but it is indeed a physical difference that has resulted in a language system. From language springs culture, and Deaf language is indeed a cultivation that celebrates such ethnology. As a result, most of the authors in this book recognize that discernment w...
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From the Back Cover This volume is a practical, topical book for service-learning and language educators in applied linguistics and related disciplines such as English, foreign language education, hearing and speech sciences, and TESOL. While introducing readers to up-to-date and unique approaches to and research on first- and second-language acqui...
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We examined the relationship between parenting practices and behavior problems among deaf children. Parents of 39 deaf and 37 hearing children (ages 3–8) completed the Alabama Parenting Questionnaire (APQ; Shelton, Frick, & Wootten, 1996) and the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI; Eyberg & Ross, 1978). For both groups, inconsistent discipline w...

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