Clinically the IMP is a normed instrument which documents and assesses when (or whether) an infant’s innate vocal behaviours transition to audition-led imitations of speech and salient words.
Today, in most developed countries, newborn hearing screening means that the diagnosis of deafness takes place in the first few weeks of a child’s life. Over 95% of deaf children are born to hearing parents, and this comes as completely unexpected.
For deaf young people, most of whom are in mainstream education, the lack of a peer group can be important, and the challenges they face become greater. At school, there may be greater demands upon them, with expanding language and curriculum demands, and providing support while promoting independence challenging.
Many factors influence the progress of deaf children: age at diagnosis, age at fitting of hearing aids or implants, the presence of other difficulties for example.
The challenges of children with mild/moderate hearing loss and their families and teachers are subtle, and may not be easily apparent. However, there is increasing evidence that the impact of such a loss can be significant both at home and at school
Up to 40% of deaf children are likely to have an additional difficulty and we also know that the presence of an additional difficulty is shown to impact negatively on outcomes from cochlear implantation
This book provides information for families and professionals about how vision can be assessed without using formal communication. It contains information about formal and functional vision assessments, as well as suggestions about how to use vision assessment results to provide improved learning opportunities. This book can also be purchased as a digital version through the (more…)
The primary purpose of this book is to assist families and professionals understand near visual acuity. Photographic simulations demonstrate the influence of font size, font type, paper colour, paper finish, and background complexity on visibility. This book can also be purchased as a digital version through the Apple iBook Store and is intended to be (more…)
This book provides information for parents and professionals about the use of sign language with children who have vision impairment. There are many sign languages, for example Auslan which is the sign language of the Australian Deaf Community. This book can also be purchased as a digital version through the Apple iBook Store and is (more…)
This is the first monograph in a series of monographs that provide a compendium of perspectives on the broad theme of educational principles and practice in the field of vision impairment in Australia. The purpose of the monograph series is to help readers to develop an understanding of current theories and practices in education and (more…)