More than 70 teachers and professionals working with students with hearing loss attended the outstanding evening workshop, Speech production: goal setting and program development presented by Marie Fram at VDEI on Thursday 15 May. Thirty nine of these participants dialled in via video conferencing from regional school sites.
“Another great VDEI PD. Thanks a lot to the team!” said Robyn O’Meara, Visiting Teacher, Victorian College for the Deaf.
“The workshop this evening presented by Marie Fram was excellent!” said Rose Baernreuther, Visiting Teacher Service - Hearing Impaired, South East Victoria Region, DEECD.
During the presentation, Marie Fram outlined how teaching speech production to deaf students was frequently seen as the domain of the speech pathologist, and that often the demands of the curriculum took precedence. Yet a key message from Daniel Ling was that 'practice makes permanent'. When we didn’t intervene in a meaningful way, we reinforced the permanence of speech production errors in the students we taught. We could also become less confident in our practice.
The session provided an opportunity to revisit teaching speech production and to consider assessment materials, how to use the assessments to determine goals in speech production, and to present a resource to use in developing a program with an emphasis on generalisation to other contexts and carryover to everyday communication. The session was practical and contributed to the support of practice.
Marie Fram's career spans many facets of deaf education including classroom teaching and specialist roles in language development, speech production and auditory learning with particular expertise in developing and implementing curriculum. Marie has worked in schools for the deaf, as a specialist teacher of the deaf and deaf facility coordinator in a mainstream school, as a principal in a Prep to Year 12 school for deaf students, as a lecturer in teacher of the deaf training courses, and as an Auslan interpreter in schools and in the community. Marie has experience in programs employing the auditory oral approach, Cued Speech, Signed English, Auslan and Sign Bilingual programs and has qualifications in deaf education as a teacher of the deaf, as a languages other than English (LOTE) Auslan teacher and in Auslan interpreting.