Eighty-three per cent of 696 deaf preschoolers in Australia and New Zealand actively speak words at or above hearing-peer level, according to First Voice, whose group of centres teach deaf children to hear and talk with digital hearing devices.
Read: Australia leads the world in teaching deaf children to listen and speak
More details from the research are expected to be available in the coming months.
Read: Sound Outcomes – First Voice speech and language data (pdf, February 2015)
In 2014, First Voice found outcomes from speech teletherapy to match in-person results, with the Hear and Say CEO presenting a webinar on family-based auditory verbal therapy.
More recently, Australia’s move to AVT units at mainstream schools was highlighted – with classroom captions an option for schoolchildren with severe to profound deafness .
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