Deedra Alford Au.D., CCC-A, F-AAA
- Certificate of Clinical Competence-American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
- State License-Georgia #AuD 004046
Education and Training
- Doctorate of Audiology- Pediatric Specialty Track, Illinois State University, Normal Illinois
- Bachelor of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
- The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at The Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin- Madison, WI
- Listening and Spoken Language Graduate Professional Certificate, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Clinical and Professional Experience
After completing her fourth year clinical externship with The University of Wisconsin Madison as a LEND trainee, Deedra Alford joined PENTA in 2016. Her clinical experience includes highly intensive practicum rotations within hospital, clinical, educational, and home-based settings.
In her role at PENTA, Deedra Alford is responsible for diagnostic audiologic evaluations of infants, children and adolescents utilizing standard, conditioned play, and visual reinforcement audiometric techniques. She is involved in the selection, fitting, and verification follow-up of digital hearing aids and bone conduction hearing aids from a variety of manufacturers.
Deedra is proficient in utilizing the Biologic, Vivosonic, and Natus Hand-Held auditory brainstem response (ABR) units to complete electrophysiological testing children during natural sleep and under sedation in the operating room. She has a particular interest in early intervention for children with hearing loss and developing family-centered treatment plans that take into account the individual needs of the child and their family.
Deedra Alford is specially trained to work with children with special needs, including those with Down syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Cleft Palate, neuro-motor disorders and other disorders and syndromes associated with hearing loss.
- American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
- American Academy of Audiology
- Diagnostic evaluation of hearing
- Programming, fitting, and troubleshooting HA, BAHA, and FM systems
- Support and counseling for families of children with hearing loss
- Newborn Hearing Screening
- Special needs populations such as, Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Cleft Palate, neuro-motor disorders and other syndromic disorders
“I am truly overjoyed each time I witness a child connect with their loved ones for the first time through hearing and early forms of communication. I am dedicated to eliminating the potential isolating effects of hearing loss and connecting children to the world around them.”