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VDEI are delighted to host world acclaimed academic Professor Christine Yoshinaga-Itano in March.  She will present two full-day seminars on best practice in early intervention for young people who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). ​​This event is part of the HOPE Tour.

Day One – 10 March 2016 

Day 1, Best Practices for Early Intervention with Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing Early Intervention Principles and Guidelines For Early Intervention following confirmation that a child is deaf or hard of hearing and the International Consensus on Best Practice in Family Centered Early Intervention will be presented.  The participants will presented with a model of how some of the US states are evaluation their early intervention services.  The presentation will focus on tools to evaluate the qualifications of the early intervention providers beginning first with self-assessments on key knowledge and content areas for establishing a starting place for professional growth and development and how the assessments can be used to provide early intervention providers information for in-service training including available resources on the internet.  Other evaluation and supportive roles can be provided through tele-health, video/DVD taping and mentoring from a cohort of Expert Peer Mentors using the Trainer of Trainer Model.  The day will also focus on beginning to assess fidelity of the interventions that are being offered.  Ability to well-define intervention strategies, the use of self-assessment tools for the EI provider to assure that key issues are included in the early intervention sessions will be discussed and participants may wish to create additional tools for specific EI goals. The day will be interactive with participants having time to critically analyze and review models and provide suggestions for improvement and adaptation.​


Day Two – 11 March 2016 

Day 2, The Screening and Assessment of Children with Additional Disabilities.  Information will be provided for earlier screening and diagnosis of autism and children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Interventions that show great promise for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and autistic will be explained and discussed.  Information about children with cognitive disorders will be discussed.  Assessment tools that have proven to be insightful for early intervention providers will be presented.  Interventions that focus on information derived from assessment tools that can be translated into adapted early intervention strategies, such as emotional availability, play assessment, and mastery motivation will be discussed.  Utilizing data to assure that children with cognitive disorders are developing language skills commensurate with their cognitive potential will be included.  Other additional disabilities including vestibular and motor disorders, screening, diagnosis and intervention strategies, and auditory neuropathy/auditory dyssynchrony will be discussed.  



Day One: Participants will be able to articulate and apply the best-practice principles for early intervention for children who are DHH.

Day Two: Participants will become familiar with the principles of identification and habilitation of young children who are DHH that have additional needs


Professor Yoshinaga-Itano

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Christine Yoshinaga-Itano is a Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has worked as both a teacher of the deaf and an audiologist. Her research has focused on the influence of early identification and early intervention on the development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). A significant study by Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano found that 80 percent of children who are DHH were able to maintain age-appropriate language development and intelligible speech in their first five years of life if they are identified early and received quality intervention. Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano also studies the development of infants, toddlers, and children who are DHH in non-English speaking homes. Successful outcomes by children who are DHH depend on early identification and intervention irrespective of their socio-economic status, method of communication, race/ethnicity, or gender. Her research has influenced the implementation of universal newborn hearing screening programs across America and in many countries worldwide.
VDEI and RIDBC have collaborated to host Professor Yoshinaga-Itano’s seminars.


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).


Two parking options are available within close walking distance to VDEI’s learning centre.
1. metered street parking available along St Kilda Road and High Street and 
2. all day paid car parking in nearby complexes, we recommend:
    •    Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, Queens Road (cnr Lorne Street)
    •    Wilson Carpark, Queens Lane. 

Please check their websites for accurate prices and early bird specials.

Unfortunately there is no longer access to parking facilities on site at VDEI.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Dates and Times

Thursday, March 10, 2016

9:00 AM till 4:00 PM

Friday, March 11, 2016

9:00 AM till 4:00 PM

Add to Calendar3/10/2016 9:00 AM3/11/2016 4:00 PMAustralia/MelbourneEarly Intervention VDEI are delighted to host world acclaimed academic Professor Christine Yoshinaga-Itano in March.  She will present two full-day seminars on best practice in early intervention for young people who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). ​​This even...Victorian Deaf Education Institute 597 St Kilda Road, MelbourneVictorian Deaf Education

Teachers of the deaf, educational support staff, social workers, psychologists, and parents of children who are DHH





Costs (both days): $190, Remote $200 (single days): $95, Remote $100

Victorian Deaf Education Institute 597 St Kilda Road, Melbourne