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Special Free Twilight Session - Findings from the 2015 VDEI Open Sector Research Grant
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​VDEI Open Sector Research Grant Findings - Creating a Sound Start to Literacy - Creating a Sound Start to Literacy: How Tablet-Based Intervention Can Improve Phonological Awareness Skills of Pre-Schoolers who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing?​ Findings from the 2015 VDEI Open Sector Research Grant will be presented at this special twilight event on Tuesday 6 September 2016 at VDEI.

​ ​                       Dr Megan Gilliver        Jodie Belshaw

​Dr Megan Gilliver and​​ Research Speech Pathologist Jodie Belshaw from Australian Hearing Services, research division, National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) will present on the findings from the research which focussed on: 

  • ​is parent-led delivery of a tablet-based phonological awareness (PA) program effective for pre-schoolers with a hearing loss?
  • what type of support do parents find beneficial for delivering tablet-based PA programs?

Evidence will be provided regarding PA instruction for children who are DHH, including important insights into the benefits and barriers facing home-based intervention programs.

RESEARCH​

The relationship between phonological awareness (PA) skills and early reading development is well recognised for children without hearing loss and, increasingly, for those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). However, despite generally poor literacy outcomes for children who are DHH, little is known about the effectiveness of explicit PA instruction for this population.

NAL researchers have been investigating whether explicit PA intervention like that offered to children with typical hearing could provide benefits for pre-school aged children who are DHH.  As part of the Hearing CRC, this research program has focussed on examining the effectiveness of PA intervention delivered, via tablet, in weekly sessions by speech/language researchers. Subsequent research (made possible by a VDEI Open Sector Research Grant) allowed these investigations to be taken one step further – examining the relative effectiveness of a modified intervention program developed to be implemented by parents within the home environment.

The development, implementation, and findings of both studies will be presented. All participants had bilateral, aided, hearing loss and were recruited the year prior to commencing formal schooling. Children in both studies underwent cognitive and language assessment prior to participation, with PA skills measured before and after intervention.

PA performance of participants from both studies will be discussed in relation to patterns of development, improvement following intervention, and the implications they hold for literacy instruction.  Feedback from families about their participation will also be presented, highlighting what aspects of the parent-led PA intervention they considered to be most beneficial.​

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

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).​

PARKING  ​

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:
  • Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, Queens Road (crn 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 onsite at VDEI.

For information about VDEI  Interpreting, Captioning and Transcript Policy:​

VDEI Interpreting, Captioning and Transcript Policy 2016.docx

VDEI Interpreting, Captioning and Transcript Policy 2016.pdf​​​​​

Dates and Times

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

5:00 PM till 7:00 PM

Add to Calendar9/6/2016 5:00 PM9/6/2016 7:00 PMAustralia/MelbourneSpecial Free Twilight Session - Findings from the 2015 VDEI Open Sector Research Grant ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​VDEI Open Sector Research Grant Findings - Creating a Sound Start to Literacy - Creating a Sound Start to Literacy: How Tablet-Based Intervention Can Improve Phonological Awareness Skills of Pre-Schoolers&#...VDEI 597 St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004Victorian Deaf Education Institutevdei@edumail.vic.gov.au

Audience
Teachers of the deaf, early childhood practitioners, speech pathologists, audiologists and parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing
Cost

This event has no Charge. Registrations close on Thursday 1 September 2016 3pm

Location
VDEI 597 St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004