Often undiagnosed hearing loss resulting from ear disease can impede learning and may affect long-term life outcomes. The inability to follow what is said at school affects understanding and leads children to be non¬-responsive. Further, particular coping strategies of children with listening difficulties result in certain behaviours (talking when it is quiet, teasing when it is noisy, watching to observe) that are often seen simply as non-compliance, defiance or inattention. Teachers enabling alternative, often visual learning strategies can help reduce behaviour problems and enhance learning. Listening difficulties can also affect self-esteem and participation in activities inside and outside the classroom, and may present in the form of personality problems, interpersonal difficulties, anxiety/depression, or antisocial behaviour.Widespread ear disease among Koorie children and subsequent lifetime hearing loss amongst Koorie adults is a significant national concern. It is reported that Aboriginal people suffer 10 times more ear related diseases and hearing loss than non-Indigenous people do. Koorie children and children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are especially affected by conductive hearing loss.The webinar series is especially relevant for schools with students who have a high incidence of conductive hearing loss, including Aboriginal, Maori, and Pacific Island children, and children from low socio-economic backgrounds. However, the topics covered are equally applicable to a number of children in any classroom.The participants will learn:• to understand the aetiology of conductive hearing loss• will be able to outline how ear disease can be identified and the implications of conductive hearing loss• will be able to help families and teachers better understand ear disease and hearing loss• will be able to apply accommodations necessary to ensure access on the same basis for children and young people who have hearing loss.
Registrations for the webinars close on Sunday 15 October 2017 at 5.00pm.
Koorie Engagement Support Officers (KESOs) and Koorie Education Coordinators (KECs), early childcare workers, teachers of the deaf, speech pathologists, audiologists, psychologists, health and other professionals who work with children experiencing conductive hearing loss.
Damien Howard is a Darwin-based psychologist, educator, and founder, who has specialised in identifying and addressing the impact of widespread Indigenous hearing loss. He has conducted research and created resources on this issue in the education, health, employment and criminal justice sectors. His doctoral thesis was on learning and behaviour problems associated with conductive hearing loss. Dr Howard runs a number of training programs on conductive hearing loss- face-to-face, online and tele training. Evaluations of training outcomes indicate that problems with student behaviour can be greatly reduced through teacher-initiated changes.