Assessing speech development in children with hearing loss requires consideration of multiple contributing factors. Developmental charts of typical speech development provide an inadequate guide for those working with 0-3 year old children with hearing loss. Accurate evaluation of speech draws on knowledge of typical vocal and speech development, speech acoustics, physical and motor development. Teachers and therapists need a battery of tools and strategies to enable them to monitor and evaluate the speech production of the developing child. This webinar explores strategies and tools to help in the evaluation of speech production. It is recommended that the webinar, Speech Development be viewed prior to this webinar, and that revision of phonetic symbols would also be useful prior to attempting speech assessment in children with hearing loss.
This webinar aims to:
- Revise factors involved in typical speech development.
- Critique speech developmental charts and consider their usefulness to the decision-making process.
- Think about how we monitor the development of early speech production in 0-2 year old children in an on-going process of developmental assessment, and how we can turn our observations into recommendations and parent guidance.
- Consider case studies with video examples of speech development and the ways in which we evaluate speech production.
- Suggest ways to collect speech sample data and make observations of speech production, including tips for assessing the speech of older students.
- Consider the advantages and pitfalls of tests of articulation, and alternatives to sounds-in-words tests.
- Learn how considering phonological processes can help us decide which speech errors are typical and which require intervention.
- Make a brief note about the relevance of Dr Daniel Ling in our work with speech production today.
This course has been approved by AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language to offer LSLS™ 1.25 CEUs.
Completing the Assessing Speech Production course will contribute 1 hour of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.1.2, 1.3.2, from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Neryl has worked as a paediatric speech pathologist for over 30 years, the last 17 of these within services supporting families with children who have hearing loss. She has worked in school-based services including oral and Auslan settings, preschool services, and since 2008 in telepractice through RIDBC Teleschool. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Education with an emphasis on auditory-verbal therapy, and attained her Listening and Spoken Language certification with the AG Bell Academy in 2013. She has presented at professional development events at RIDBC, run courses for families on the RIDBC Teleschool service, and mentored staff in their LSLS certification. Neryl believes that helping to empower families with effective communication is a privileged career; because communication is fundamental to nurturing strong relationships and effective learners.
These are convenient and accessible and can be accessed at anytime. These sessions are presented by International and National experts including RIDBC staff. All the courses are accredited by the BOSTES and many are also accredited by Audiology Australia and AG Bell.
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