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.
Dr Sue Archbold
Back in 1989, at the outset of The Ear Foundation, as a teacher of the deaf, 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 led the way in the provision of cochlear implants for children, and now I am delighted to be leading our great team in ensuring that the potential of the technology is reached in everyday life. My experience in education, in managing Nottingham Cochlear Implant Programme for 15 years, in delivering clinical services and in qualitative research gives me the background to run this exciting and diverse Third Sector organisation with its great team of staff, Trustees and volunteers. My national and international contacts in education, audiology, ENT, speech and language and cochlear implantation ensure that we are up to date with the latest research and practice and that we are influential across this diverse field. Most of all, our team share the passion in putting our users-deaf children, young people, adults and their families - at the heart of what we do.
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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