Dublin January, 2015 Dear Mrs Speechie (as you always will be known), In recent months we discussed how today’s deaf children can become verbal, thanks to newborn hearing tests and timely access to cochlear implants and digital hearing devices. Some areas of concern still existed however – namely that: Ireland has lacked a specialist speech therapist for deaf
For the last blog post of 2014, here are some recent media pieces, to remind ourselves how early access to hearing and speech services can improve childrens’ life prospects. Lydia Denworth (author of I Can Hear You Whisper) Lydia Denworth’s recent post in Time Magazine, Raising A Deaf Child Makes The World Sound Different, will resonate with parents of
The Phonic Ear hearing-aid, that big beige box worn in the 1970s by kids who were deaf. Book illustrator Cece Bell rewrote her life story this year, with a Phonic Ear giving her super-powers in a graphic novel. Bell’s self-deprecating humour about wearing the hearing-aid and the everyday social interactions it generated will be welcomed by fellow wearers. Interview: Cece
A Sound Advice seminar in Dublin, “The Link Between Hearing And Speech” (December 5th) explored how we hear with our brains with, and without hearing devices. Strategies for early language development by parents with babies and young children were also shared. Thirty Million Words Parallels were seen in the thirty million words concept for hearing and deaf children, with
In the US state of Kentucky, telepractice for child hearing health care is being researched, starting from newborn hearing tests through to when early intervention begins. Notably, parents of children with hearing-devices are involved in developing a client navigator model for families new to this specific health system after a child’s hearing issues are detected. As the
All childrens’ future language development can be determined by the way in which their parents, family and caregivers talk to them during infancy. Impact Of ‘Parentese’ On Siblings’ Language On this point, a research group of mothers of twins (one child being deaf) was found to speak vowels more clearly when talking to their infants regardless
Disruptive principles in business leadership were recently presented by Dr Trish Gorman (US) in Dublin, at a masterclass with the IntertradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme. For Sound Advice, this masterclass confirmed: Sound Advice is a disruptive entity (modernising Ireland’s deaf sector and education) The disruptive effect of bilateral cochlear implants (children hear speech in both ears) Visible role models transmit core values, coach
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