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Neonatal diagnosis and amplification of hearing loss (hearing aid/cochlear implant) shines a spotlight on our professional obligation to help parents assemble the knowledge and skills they seek to develop their baby’s potential for language (speech and/or sign). Very early diagnosis also sharpens our clinical focus on the latent potential of other conditions—such oro-motor difficulties and Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder—to frustrate an infant’s anticipated progression to spoken language.  The Infant Monitor of vocal Production (IMP) (Cantle Moore, 2004) was primarily conceived as a parent education tool, to scaffold parent understanding as to the nature and pace of their infant’s vocal progress toward speech. Clinically the IMP is a normed instrument which documents and assesses when (or whether) an infant’s innate vocal behaviors transition to audition-led imitations of speech and salient words. The resulting shared parent and professional knowledge aids timely decision-making with regard to intervention—appropriate device fitting and/or language habilitation approach.  
Implementing

The training course IMPlementing the IMP details professional/clinical use of the Infant Monitor of vocal Production as an assessment instrument and parent support strategy. The course presents information and workshop activities examining:

  • Rationale and constructs of development o the need for normed pre-linguistic vocal assessment
    • parent collaboration/authentic assessment
  • Design and content o foundational literature and emerging research
    • hierarchical features of infant vocal production 
  •  Presentation and evaluation/scoring
    • recording parent observations
    • scoring vocal feature frequency and variety
    • IMP ‘stage-for-age’ graphic
    • parent IMPressions: feedback on IMP use  
  • Interpretation of results and diagnostic applications  
    • reading sequential IMP graphics
    • IMP norms and centiles (typical >12mth vocal development)
    • The sIMPle Rule of Thumb o Case studies:  Unilateral hearing loss; bilateral hearing aids; and cochlear implants  

Learning Outcomes

Participant will:

  1. Demonstrate professional and clinical use of the Infant Monitor of Vocal Production (IMP) as an assessment instrument and parent support strategy;
  2. Identify the need for normed pre-linguistic vocal assessment and parent collaboration/authentic assessment; and
  3. Interpret results and diagnostic applications of the IMP for children with unilateral hearing loss, bilateral hearing aids, and cochlear implants.

 

Speaker Profile

PRESENTER – DR ROBYN CANTLE - MOORE

A unique record of scholarship and activity underpins Dr Cantle-Moore’s career as a practitioner, teacher and researcher. She holds undergraduate degrees in Education, and in Music Performance (Sydney University), a Master’s Degrees in Special Education (Sensory Disability) and in Educational Studies (University of Newcastle) and a Ph.D. in Education (University of Newcastle). 

For 25 years Dr Cantle-Moore has drawn upon the diverse challenges and opportunities afforded her by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Sydney, Australia, to hone her skills as an educator in the field of pediatric hearing impairment/sensory disability, and as a mentor to parents and her colleagues who support them.  

Dr Cantle-Moore is conjoint Lecturer/Coordinator of post-graduate courses in pediatric language development and family collaborative approaches to early childhood intervention for sensory disability (hearing impairment and vision impairment) at RIDBC Renwick Centre for Research and Professional Education/University of Newcastle. As a researcher she has developed specialised curriculum, parent education materials and assessment tools to guide early intervention and professional practice following neonatal diagnosis and referral for hearing loss. 

Dates and Times

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

9:00 AM till 4:00 PM

Thursday, April 23, 2015

9:00 AM till 1:00 PM

Add to Calendar4/22/2015 9:00 AM4/23/2015 1:00 PMAustralia/MelbourneImplementing the IMP (Infant monitoring of vocal production)Neonatal diagnosis and amplification of hearing loss (hearing aid/cochlear implant) shines a spotlight on our professional obligation to help parents assemble the knowledge and skills they seek to develop their baby’s potential for language (speech ...The VDEI Learning Centre Victorian Deaf Education Institute 597 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Victorian Deaf Education Institutevdei@edumail.vic.gov.au

Audience
Teachers and school support staff working with students with hearing loss
Cost

Standard

$145

Remote

$150

* Full time students receive a 25% discount

Location
The VDEI Learning Centre Victorian Deaf Education Institute 597 St Kilda Road, Melbourne