Children with Hearing Loss and Additional Disabilities: Audiological Management and Listening and Spoken Language Intervention


Wednesday 6 December 2017, 6.00pm - 8.30pm

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In most cases today, a child born with hearing loss can be expected to develop listening and spoken language skills similar to that of their typically hearing peers, if given access to the appropriate technology, intervention and support.

But what about the child with additional disabilities? While outcomes will vary for differing combinations of disability, it is important that expectations of listening and spoken language development not be overlooked or dismissed when a child presents with disabilities in addition to a hearing loss. This is particularly important given the 30-40% of children diagnosed with hearing loss who have these additional challenges.

Presented by:

Lia Traves | Director of Audiology for Children's Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service.

Lia is based at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital where she leads a team of 25 Audiologists. Lia has over 23 years' experience in paediatric audiology - specialising in cochlear implants. She was previously
Clinical Specialist Audiologist and Manager of the Royal Children's Hospital Cochlear Implant Program and prior to that was the Audiologist-in-Charge at Hear and Say. 

Elise Alexander | Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Speech Pathologist and Team Leader of regional 
and remote programs at Hear and Say. 

Elise has a special interest in working with families whose children have additional needs. She has presented at national and international conferences in the areas of Telepractice, social skills and 
Single-Sided Deafness, most recently presenting in Korea on working with children with additional needs. 

This seminar will consist of two primary aspects of working with children with hearing loss and additional disabilities:

Audiological Management

In this section, Lia will cover the following topics:

  • Preparation for testing
  • the importance of environment
  • appropriate seating

Strategies for assessment and device Mapping for children with:

  • severe or multiple co-morbidities
  • global developmental delays / Picture Communication
  • Specific strategies for children with ASD
  • Considerations for device use / device retention
  • Working closely with parents
  • Counselling, Expectations and Outcomes Measures
Listening and Spoken Language Intervention

In this section, Elise will discuss the benefits of targeting listening and spoken language in an early intervention program for this particular cohort of children with hearing loss. Her workshop will consider a number of case studies with a focus on the importance of optimising a child’s access to hearing, regardless of their additional disabilities, and strategies to enhance every child’s ability to reach their potential, including a multidisciplinary approach. Consideration will also be given to the use of a Telepractice service delivery model with this population.


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Refreshments served from 6pm.

The seminar will commence at 6:30pm.