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. Suddenly parents are plunged into a world previously unknown to them, with many professionals taking a role in their lives at a time when they may be confused and vulnerable. We know that these early days are crucial to the development of early communication skills, the pre-cursors of language, and the parents’ role is crucial. Parents need to be relaxed communicators with their infants to ensure this development, but for hearing parents of deaf children this can be challenging. Parents have a great deal to manage, including the intrusion of technology such as hearing aids or implants into their lives, while providing a rich language environment. This presentation will consider these issues, and what we can learn from parents about how professionals can best support families at this time.
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Dr Sue Archbold
“As a teacher of the deaf, back in 1989, I never dreamt that I would see the changes in opportunities for deaf children brought about by cochlear implantation. It’s a privilege to have observed the dramatic changes in opportunities offered by today’s hearing technologies, particularly cochlear implants, for deaf children and adults”. The Ear Foundation has led the way in the provision of cochlear implants for children since it’s founding in 1989, and continues to do so in 2017. As the past CEO of The Ear Foundation, I lead a great team in ensuring that the potential of the technology is reached in everyday life. My previous work in education, managing Nottingham Cochlear Implant Programme for 15 years, delivering clinical services and participation in qualitative research gave me the background to run such an exciting and diverse Third Sector organisation. Having now left this role I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my experiences by giving these talks for RIDBC.
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