The British Association of Teachers of the Deaf
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BATOD National Conference 2015 - workshop information

The BATOD National conference will be held in Edinburgh on Saturday March 14th 2015. The keynote speaker will be Professor Wendy McCracken and the topic will be "Supporting Deaf Children and Young People in the 21st century".

Here is the PowerPoint presentation from the keynote lecture by Professor Wendy McCracken entitled 'Flashes of Brilliance'

Download Flashes of Brilliance

Workshop leaders have supplied the following information about their workshops.

Using the NDCS acoustics toolkit - Tina Wakefield and Stuart Whyte

A workshop based on the new Creating Good Listening Conditions for Learning Resources which has recently been published online by the NDCS.

We will cover the new specific information about listening conditions for commissioners, teachers and parents, and describe how you can help schools get the new 'Sounds Good' quality marks.

You will have the chance to go through an example INSET for TODs to use with mainstream schools and be able to use it straight away with your caseload.

We will be able to answer questions on the day about the new resource and also about creating good listening conditions in your schools and settings.

Paediatric tinnitus guidelines - Joy Rosenberg and Caroline Munro

The British Society of Audiology and the British Tinnitus Association commissioned a working party representing the fields of audiology, psychology, education and medicine to develop guidelines about tinnitus for professionals working with children. These guidelines have now gone through consultation and are awaiting final approval.

Joy Rosenberg (Programme Tutor for Deaf Education and Audiology postrgraduate courses at Mary Hare affiliated to University of Hertfordshire) and Caroline Munro (Specialist Teacher of the Deaf, RNTNE Hospital Paediatric Cochlear Implant Centre/Nuffield Hearing & Speech Centre, London) will present a workshop based on these guidelines about the management of tinnitus in the classroom, which affects a large number of children with hearing impairment as well as those without.

Current technology. What makes a good radio aid? - Tony Murphy, Phonak

The workshop will look at the reasons why we still need radio aids and will identify some of the main criteria that you need to consider when you are deciding which radio you need to purchase. It will demonstrate the different types of radio aid technologies, traditional FM and digital systems, and compare the two to show the differences.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation from Tony Murphy's workshop:

Download What makes a good radio aid? - Tony Murphy

LEAPing on with Language - Lorna Lord

LEAPing on with Language is a new resource for parents and professionals working with deaf primary school age children; with 100 activities and strategies and film clips to watch. This is a freely downloadable tool. LEAPing on with Language uses a conversational language learning approach, expanding the building blocks to use more complex structures in a socially independent way, while emphasising children’s developing self identity. This workshop will demonstrate how this free website works, offer practical examples of how it can be used with parents and primary aged children and share how it has been adapted with groups of deaf children.

Enabling children with cochlear implants to achieve their potential in speech production - Agnes Allen

This workshop will explore speech acoustics and demonstrate how cochlear implant technology can provide access to the speech spectrum. We will consider the normal pattern of speech development, explore how a child’s speech production can give clues to what they are hearing and discuss practical considerations in enabling children with cochlear implants to achieve their potential in speech production.

Influencing and challenging mainstream practice - Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson’s workshop sought to help particpants understand the implications of the current Ofsted framework in relation to SEND; to provide practical advice for ToDs under the 4 Ofsted judgement areas; to consider the evidence ToDs collect within their caseload work which informs the NatSIP QA Support Pack and to provide an opportunity for ToDs to reflect on their current practice and leave with a checklist to take back to their school or service.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation from Gary Anderson's workshop:

Download Influencing and challenging mainstream practice - Gary Anderson

Influencing and challenging mainstream practice - a Scottish perspective - Monica McGeever

Monica McGeever, HM Inspector Education Scotland, will consider how the Curriculum for Excellence is impacting on deaf children and young people in schools. There will be an opportunity to discuss good practice, key strengths and areas for development in schools and services for deaf learners.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation from Monica McGeever's workshop:

Download Influencing and challenging mainstream practice - a Scottish perspective - Monica McGeever

Reading fiction to stimulate conversation around Theory of Mind concepts (does the mouse really say what he thinks?) - Helen Chilton

A solid evidence base indicates the susceptibility of deaf children to circumstances which may delay typical ToM development. There is a paucity of classroom based research on the approaches which may be helpful in promoting sub-skills which contribute to ToM. The workshop will begin with a focus on a recent project which points to the integral role of Teachers of the Deaf and parents in supporting and understanding the progression of these skills. The second part of the workshop will focus on finding opportunities to exploit ToM concepts in booksharing and readily accessible fiction.