Families across the US are accessing BabyTalk, an online verbal deaf education program delivered by two leading California-based entities via email, teletherapy and telephone. Kudos to CNN for highlighting the value in remote service delivery (saving families time, money and relationships) by eliminating the need for round-trips to hearing-appointments. As Kathy Sussman, executive director at the Jean Weingarten School
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
Babies whose hearing issues are detected at birth, who receive hearing-devices and who start auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) before their first birthday, can have age-appropriate language within six months, according to a recent webinar from Hear And Say (Australia). Founder, Dimity Dornan, presented Is Auditory Verbal Therapy Effective? to highlight the family-centred teaching approach of social skills and listening-based cognitive strategies. Meantime, The Hearing Journal noted in
Outcomes for children receiving remote-speech therapy by telepractice, are similar to in-person sessions with a therapist. A report by Hear and Say, on using Skype to deliver teletherapy services to remote areas of Australia, was published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare (read below). Read: Pilot Study of Telepractice For Delivering Speech Therapy Early Intervention Boosts
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