Teachers and professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing students attended a twilight session entitled 'A developmental program for the mastery of English syntax for school-aged children with hearing impairment' presented by Alan Kelly at VDEI on 8 September 2014.
School-aged children with hearing loss often experience a delay in their mastery of spoken English. These children need to achieve the same developmental milestones in their language as their hearing peers, often in a shortened time frame if they are to be successful in their personal lives and at school. This program outlined a process of teaching the complex essential structures and systems that are foundational to English within adult-directed teaching activities. These activities were intended to promote mastery at both a concrete and abstract level.
Alan Kelly is a Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (1998). He helped pioneer AVT in Australia in 1985 after completing his Master's Degree at McGill University (Montreal) with Dan Ling and Elizabeth Cole. Alan has promoted the development of spoken language for children with a significant hearing loss in Australia and India through lecturing, teacher preparation, professional study groups and parent education. Alan Kelly became involved in the education of children with hearing impairment in 1980 and became Principal of St. Gabriel's School for Hearing Impairment and Director of the Auditory Verbal Early Intervention Programme from 1990 to 1993. At RIDBC, Alan has lectured at RIDBC Renwick Centre, has been Coordinator of Cochlear Implant Educational Services and also Coordinator of Early Learning Program (Hearing Impairment). In 2008, Alan became Principal of RIDBC Garfield Barwick School, and Head of RIDBC School Support Services (Hearing Impairment). Since returning to teaching full time in 2011, Alan has created Developing Language for children over 3 years of age with hearing impairment: A Developmental Programme for the Mastery of English Syntax.