A FREE twilight session on 22 March 2016 will be hosted at VDEI, focusing on insights gleaned from early detection and intervention for children with hearing loss. Newborn hearing screening followed by early intervention has brought with it the expectation of better auditory, language, and literacy outcomes for children with hearing loss as well as advantages for families. Early detection aims to reduce or even prevent speech-language delays and related difficulties that are associated with childhood hearing loss. This presentation will provide an epidemiological profile of today's children with hearing loss with information on clinical characteristics such as onset, degree and trajectory of hearing loss. The focus will be on new insights from newborn hearing screening studies. Current outcomes reported internationally will also be presented to give participants a sense of today's benchmarks for communication development. Factors that affect learning for children with hearing loss and continuing challenges for language and literacy development will be discussed.
- describe some of the clinical characteristics of today's children with hearing loss- define communication development expectations for children with hearing loss- Identify key factors that affect language and related outcomes in children with hearing loss
Elizabeth Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor in Audiology and Speech-language Pathology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. Before joining the university in 2007, Elizabeth worked for over 20 years in clinical and administrative positions as a listening and spoken language specialist and audiologist. Working with colleagues at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital, her clinical research interests are in newborn screening outcomes, interventions, and knowledge synthesis as well as outcomes in adults with cochlear implants. Recent research has focused on the clinical characteristics and trajectory of childhood hearing loss, outcomes for early-identified mild and unilateral hearing loss and systematic reviews on spoken language development. Her research is primarily supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) as well as a CIHR New Investigator Award and an Ontario Early Researcher Award. She was the Editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology from 2012-2015 and is currently an Associate Editor with the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education.
The closest train station to VDEI is the Prahran station, on the Sandringham line.The closest tram stops are Tram Stop 27 (cnr St Kilda Road and High Street) and Tram stop 28 (cnr Punt Road and High Street).
Unfortunately, there is no parking available on site at VDEI. There are two options available:Metered street parking is available on St Kilda Road and High Street; andAll day paid car parking is available in close walking distance to VDEI. For prices, please check their website.Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, Queens Road (crn Lorne Street), Wilson Carpark, Queens Lane.
Registrations close Wednesday 16 March 2016 at 12noon