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
Childrens’ speech perception drops visibly in open plan classrooms, disturbing their efforts to hear discussions with peers and teachers, and leading to chronic listening fatigue. Read: Students struggle to hear teachers in new fad open-plan classrooms Teachers in open-plan classrooms reported greater vocal strain amid concerns that the children could not hear their voices, leading researchers to conclude that acoustically treated, enclosed classrooms make
A certain irony existed in being asked by Dr Peter Sloane, to join a panel at the Vasco da Gama Movement Forum in Dublin – after doctors in the 1970s had said I would never talk. Before this call to speak on the science of cochlear implants, the VdGM (Vasco da Gama Movement), the WONCA Europe Working Group for New
Deafness is not a learning disability, as the NDCS routinely reminds us. However, the UK’s education system is not ‘failing’ children who are deaf, as this headline suggests. Rather, the infants’ education begins at home with their families, once their hearing difficulties are confirmed with a diagnosis and hearing-devices ideally accessed at the earliest opportunity. Children Born After 2006 Accessed UNHS
Soundfields have universal benefit as a solution introduced for children and students who have hearing difficulties, with positive outcomes noted for everyone in the learning space. Progressive schools in the United States are building soundfields into new classrooms for this reason – notably as solutions facilitate collaborative teaching and learning activities. That’s the beauty of classroom technology: it can be differentiated at
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
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