New research from the US has uncovered parallels in language-processing by two groups of children with hearing issues, and children with dyslexia. The study at Ohio State University looks at the links between hearing and language skills (children with cochlear implants, and children with dyslexia). Read: Studies On Deaf Children May Decode Dyslexia Importantly, this study
By coincidence, new country statistics from Ireland and the UK for newborn hearing testing, became available the same week this month. The figures from the Irish Times paper show that since April 2011 over 8,000 babies have had newborn hearing tests in Cork one hundred babies were referred for further hearing testing all received intervention
Parents who learn their child is deaf, have massive decisions to make – and in this post for the NY Times, one mum describes the route her family took. Read: Teaching A Deaf Child Her Mother’s Tongue Both daughters in this family had a valuable head-start in life, in that their hearing issues were detected
Most parents are not prepared to learn that their child is deaf or hard-of-hearing, and can experience a full spectrum of emotions on receiving the news. UK writer Oliver Dennis, is very honest about his own emotions when he learned his daughter was deaf (Sunday Times magazine, April 15th). Read more: What It Feels Like
Traditional deaf schools in the United States face an ‘uncertain future’ as more parents (and children) choose cochlear implants, with a correlating 85% of deaf children now attending their local mainstream schools and fully participating in their own local communities. Read: Cochlear Implants Redefine What It Means To Be Deaf Statistically in the US, over
Soundfields for learning, and their procurement, are a recurring question Sound Advice gets from parents and educators. Here’s a “Soundfields 101” piece to demystify the obtaining and use of these audio-systems. Soundfield presentation from Sound Advice’s EdTech event in October 2011: Soundfield Classroom Audio (Andrew Taylor, Classroom Comms) Q: What is a soundfield (audio) system? A:
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