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:
To mark World Book Day Ireland (March 1st), Sound Advice will make a draw of the names of everyone who follows our Facebook page by March 5th, 2012. The prize is a copy of the Sound Advice children’s book, “A Birthday For Ben”(2009). Make sure to ‘Like’ our new Facebook page by March 5th to be in, to win!
All babies lip-read from about 6 months of age, to learn mouth-shapes for the sounds they hear, according to researchers at Florida Atlantic University. When a baby gazes intently at a speaker’s mouth, this indicates they are working to learn to form syllables for themselves, instead of just babbling. Read: Babies Learn Language By Reading
The Disability Service at Trinity College, Dublin is hosting an information evening this month for potential students with physical/sensory disabilities. Date: Friday January 27th 2012 Time: 6.30pm Venue: Room 3074, 3rd Floor, Arts Building, TCD The evening will begin with an overview of the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE), and will outline the range
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