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Achieving potential through technology

Saturday 9 March 2013

09.15 – 16.30

Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2NP

Workshops available

BATOD Conference Committee reserves the right to change the speakers and workshop titles if necessary whilst retaining the subject of the Conference.

A Balancing and Testing
Colin Peake, SOEIC
There is an abundance of technology from which deaf children should benefit but studies done  at the South of England Cochlear centre suggest that many are failing to gain much, if any, benefit if systems are not adequately set up. This is true for hearing aids or cochlear implant processors Many new FM systems are now available and new balancing protocols are available for all current devices, together with balancing protocols for coupling to soundfield systems.

B Special Interest in Deafness and Autistic Spectrum Conditions
Joyce Sewell-Rutter, BATOD and Ewing Foundation
Following on from the planned BATOD special interest information day (Feb 2013) on deaf children and autistic spectrum conditions, this workshop will explore recent developments, and extend the opportunity to discuss experiences and share useful *resources. We plan to examine the potential of technology to support individuals in communication and learning by looking at IPAD apps and using case studies.
*Please bring any examples. Contact Joyce if you have case studies you would like to share.

C Speech Acoustics
Geoff Plant Med-El
This workshop will provide an overview of the important acoustic cues for the vowels, diphthongs, and consonants of spoken English.  The acoustic cues signaling key prosodic contrasts will also be covered.  Areas to be covered will include vowel formants, cues to determine consonant voicing, manner of articulation, and place of articulation, and how this information is presented via an electrode array.

D Tried and tested acoustic apps for Educational Audiologists, Teachers of the Deaf and everyone.
David Canning and Stuart Whyte
With the staggering computing power of the modern phone or ipad it is now possible to explore acoustics in ways that have previously been the domain of the researcher or professional acoustician.

This workshop will show you ipad and android apps that will allow you to quickly:

  • describe the acoustic environment in a meaningful way
  • determine reverberation tPowerPoint presentationimes
  • hunt out troublesome sounds
  • set up a traffic light system
  • find out how to determine signal to noise levels, quickly and easily.
  • make speech visible
And much much more.

Please bring your own android or ipad/iphone but we will have equipment for you to look at. We will also bring some of the expensive equipment that these apps might replace and carry out live back to back tests!

E Making the Most of Technologies with Pre-School Children: SNR, FM, Wireless and LENA
Imran Mullah, The Ear Foundation, UK
The early identification of hearing loss through the newborn hearing screening programme (NHSP) provides parents and professionals the opportunity to enable infants with hearing loss access to sounds and language. Hearing technologies play a very important part in these children accessing the language and acoustic environment around them. Even with the advances in hearing technologies there still remain considerable challenges of noise, reverberation and distance when accessing speech for hearing aid and cochlear implant wearers. The importance of improved signal to noise ratio (SNR) on younger children has been widely cited. In spite of this research the use of additional technologies with the child’s main hearing technology has been limited in practice. The current workshop will consider the potential for the use of FM/Wireless technologies to improve SNR’s for very young children. In addition, the use of LENA (Language Environment Analysis) technology to consider improving acoustic environments will be discussed. This workshop will include:
  • an overview of recent research on the impact of signal to noise ratio with children
  • demonstration of noise, reverberation and distance effects on speech
  • consider current FM/Wireless technologies
  • discuss the findings of FM/Wireless technology use with pre-school children
  • an introduction to LENA
  • present LENA results with FM/Wireless technologies and discuss potential uses of LENA with pre-school children.

F fm for Babies and Toddlers
Hannah Cooper – Audiology Department, Royal Berkshire Hospital and Cate Statham – Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service
The workshop considered the pros and cons of fitting babies and toddlers with fm systems, drawing on our experiences and findings. Hannah and Cate presented practical ways of helping families to use fm systems effectively. They identified a number of practical and emotional issues associated with fm use with babies and toddlers. During each phase they have assessed the effects and by applying improvements to working practice through the understanding gained have been able to improve the experience of FM for the children and their families.

The workshop was run jointly by Health and Education, as is the project.

G SLT developing speech and Language skills – pre-school to post-16
Maria Cameron, Ear Foundation and Mark Varley, St John’s School, Boston Spa
There are an abundance of apps out there that are just fantastic to use to develop language, vocabulary and concepts for a wide age range. However there are also many that are not so good! It takes time to wade through them and if someone can do that for you why not come and take advantage of it! This workshop will explore apps from  pre-school up to post-16. It will also give ideas of how to use them for informal assessment for those children who do not do well with paper materials but are really motivated by technology. It will show you how to personalise apps for your group of children and you will go away with a list of apps that have proven themselves in our work already.

H Technology to support learning
Katherine Clements, Viv Ogg and Simon Thompson, Mary Hare School
This workshop considered the many ways in which we use technology to support the learning of our deaf pupils. Approaches were demonstrated using software to support literacy, numeracy and thinking skills, the use of hardware such as tablets, NEO writing tools, ipads, and specialised systems such as our group hearing aid. There were opportunities for participants to share their own success with technologies. A resoruce list was provided as a handout

I Retrospectively treating a classroom to meet new SEN acoustic standards
Shane Cryer, Ecophon
In this workshop we will be looking at how best to retrospectively treat a classroom to meet the new SEN acoustic standards, which have replaced BB93. We will look at both full suspended acoustic ceilings vs acoustic raft options (where thermal activation is required), and the likely  installed budgets. Other factors such as ceiling height against floor area will be examined using examples from Nottingham and Jordanstown SEN schools. We will also look at speech intelligibility, especially with the demise of RASTI, and how this can play role in promoting inclusion.

JFm Team Teaching (FmTT) – improving inclusion of Cochlear Implanted (CI) children into the mainstream Primary and 6th Form setting
Gary Webster, County Educational Audiologist, Northamptonshire
In Northamptonshire over the past 2 years I have been experimenting with the FmTT facility that the Phonak Inspiro Transmitter allows.
We currently have 5 CI children using FmTT in the mainstream setting; 4 children are in the Primary Sector and 1 student is in the 6th Form doing A’ Levels.
2 Children (including the student) have 4 Transmitters each and 3 children have 2 Transmitters each.
For CI children with developing auditory processing skills, ‘noise’, ‘distance’, and ‘reverberation’ can be a serious issue for interfering with successful inclusion. We have found that the skilled application of FmTT allows the CI child to better access their peers and Teaching Assistant whilst at the same time also allowing them to apply greater levels of their cognitive demand to the task of learning – in short they are able to compete on a more level playing field with their hearing peers in the mainstream setting throughout the learning and social interaction process.
This workshop will focus upon the practical issues of training and establishing good practice of FmTT for CI children in the Primary sector and the CI student in the 6th Form.

K We have the technology and the surgical techniques – CI for babies under One
Kathy Owston and Sandra Driver, St Thomas’ Auditory Implant Team
This workshop will look at the importance of early referral to an implant team. We will review the literature internationally which indicates that early implantation under 12 months of age, is beneficial. We will share our newly developed assessment pathway with infants, discuss the risks of surgery for under ones, and share our own experiences at St Thomas’. We will look at outcomes, showing some video clips of babies during assessment and clips of toddlers who are a year post implant who have language developing within normal expectations. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences in this area. We now have the technology for early diagnosis of profound hearing loss and the surgical techniques – is there an optimum time for implantation?

L The Ponto Bone Anchored Hearing Aid system
Di Darbyshire
The aim of the workshop is to provide you with a complete overview of the products that are currently being used and the accessories that are compatible with them. Learn about accessories,testing, FM systems, be updated on the latest clinical data, discuss complications and concerns for parents and children and gain the knowledge to deal with the challenges and concerns that parents and children have when wearing their processors.

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