Passive screen time for under-twos has no educational benefit and may slow language development, according to US-based nonprofit entity, ChildTrends. Read: Tech For Tots – Not All Bad – Or Good One-To-One Interactions “Children learn best by interacting with other people and the world around them”, said Kathy Hirsh-Pasek of Temple University. To this end,
In February 2014, Sound Advice was quoted in a two-page feature in the Sunday Business Post magazine, with predictions for future hearing technologies. Many thanks to the Oman family for contributing insights to family life when two boys wear cochlear implants. Get both pages as PDFs: Page Fourteen and Page Fifteen. Click on this image
Sibling influences shape a younger child’s language more than was thought, according to new research of 385 preschoolers in Ontario, Canada, and which was published in the February print edition of Pediatrics magazine. Older children influence language development This research has implications for children with hearing issues in larger families, where parents may interact less
From November 7th, 2011, babies born at Waterford and Wexford Regional Hospitals can have free newborn hearing tests, in an opt-in programme that is also available to babies born outside of hospital in Waterford. These new hospital newborn hearing test programmes, costing in the region of €1.1 million annually, are part of the HSE’s Newborn Hearing Screening Programme for
The increasing cohort of 21st century parents and deaf children who choose technology like cochlear implants in place of learning sign-language, is documented in a front-page article in The New York Times (July 27, 2011). Less than 20 percent of all families [with deaf children] choose American Sign Language, with 80 percent wanting their children to
Following a major review of audiology services in Ireland that revealed a history of neglect towards essential pediatric hearing services, a national newborn hearing testing programme (UNHS) began in Cork in April 2011. The test, to screen for deafness in newborn babies, enables earlier intervention for family-centered child-language development and a national roll-out of the UNHS
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