International speaker Dr Cheryl DeConde Johnson presented a workshop entitled ‘Strategies for maximising auditory access for deaf children’ to audiologists at the Institute on 8 March 2013.
The workshop focused on audiology practices that maximise auditory access for children with hearing loss. A combination of clinic and classroom assessments that consider the child as well as parameters of the learning environment were discussed and then related to recommendations for accommodations and interventions.
Collaboration strategies between audiologists and teachers of the deaf and other school-based professionals that are critical to promote appropriate implementation of the audiologists’ recommendations were also addressed. Specific topics included classroom acoustics, functional assessment of listening and communication, hearing assistance technology selection and management and self-advocacy skills.
‘Very informative and relevant to deaf education,’ said Gabrielle O’Keefe, audiologist at Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre in WA. ‘The knowledge acquired from the workshop about working with school aged hearing impaired children in mainstream classes is specifically related to my job.’
‘Very practical and useful resources. Great to see what is happening in the US,’ said Karin Gillies, Clinical Leader – Paediatric Services, Australian Hearing
“Very interesting and valuable information well presented,” said Eun Hee Son, audiologist, Australian Hearing in Moonee Ponds. “Useful session for the clinic. Thank you.”
Dr. Cheryl DeConde Johnson provides consulting services in educational audiology and deaf education focusing on state deaf education service delivery and accountability systems through her practice, The ADEvantage. She also holds adjunct faculty appointments in audiology at the University of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado and in deaf education at the University of Arizona. Dr. Johnson is co-author of the Educational Audiology Handbook, 2nd edition. As a parent of a grown daughter with hearing loss, Dr. Johnson applies her personal and professional experience throughout her work and as co-founder and Board President of Hand & Voices.