Cochlear implantation in children began over twenty years ago: comparatively recently compared with the long history of deaf education. In this short time, the process has gone from being highly controversial to being accepted provision for deaf children. Why? These workshops will review the evidence of outcomes from implantation in a range of areas and what is currently known of the influences on progress. While deaf children are a highly heterogeneous group, and up to 40% of deaf children are likely to have an additional disability, children with implants are a group which has been intensively studied over the years. What do we know and what don't we know? We know that more deaf children are now in mainstream schools, using spoken language as their main means of communication and to access the curriculum, and showing improved literacy and educational attainments. However, there is always a "but"! The day will also explore the practical issues and what we know of the current and future challenges for deaf education in managing this growing group. There will be opportunity to discuss case studies- and the implications for you and the children and families you work with.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
understand the evidence of outcomes from implantation
explain influences on progress for children who receive a cochlea implant
recognise current and future challenges for deaf education in managing this growing group.
Sue Archbold was the teacher of the deaf of the first child in the United Kingdom to have a cochlear implant. She then helped establish The Ear Foundation to fund the first paediatric cochlear implants in the United Kingdom. She went on to co-ordinate the Nottingham Paediatric Cochlear Implant Programme from its inception in 1989 until 2004. There she developed methods of assessing and monitoring young children for implantation and a database to manage a cochlear implant programme. She has published widely on the education of students who are DHH and on their outcomes since implantation. She received her doctorate from the University of Nijmegen. Her thesis title was "Deaf Education: changed by cochlear implantation?" Now the Chief Executive of The Ear Foundation, she is leading its programme of support, information, education, and research to ensure the maximum benefit from the latest hearing technologies at home, school and work.
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. Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, Queens Road (crn Lorne Street)Wilson Carpark, Queens Lane.
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