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March 2012
24 Catching it on video Tait video analysis – monitoring the development of early communication skills – was developed with children with hearing aids and has been used to a large degree in the assessment of children with cochlear implants. It not only charts individual progress, but with large groups of children has been found to predict later performance in speech perception and intelligibility, and has been shown to be reliable across observers, and to correlate with other measures. In their article, Sue Archbold, Chief Executive of The Ear Foundation, and retired ToD Margaret Tait emphasise the value of this monitoring method.
38 Working with Early Support principles In November 2011 the Department for Education announced the extension of Early Support to young people and families with children of all ages. The extension is one of six new contracts – totalling £6 million – handed out by the Government in a bid to help deliver key reforms to support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Early Support promotes the provision of key working so that all families and young people have help to navigate the system, and it provides help with and advice on the child’s, young person’s and families’ particular requirements and priorities. It has been successful in the early years – Sue Lewis explains how the aim now is to ensure that it informs and supports the development of an integrated model of working with disabled children and young people of all ages and their families.
January 2012
7 Hearing aids in the early years With the emergence of the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme in 2006 deaf babies are now being fitted with hearing aids very quickly to ensure that they have the same opportunities as their hearing peers to develop language and communication skills as naturally as possible. Debbie Staneva, Head of the Hearing Impairment Resource Unit at Rushy Meadow Primary School in Sutton, explores the issues surrounding nursery-aged children and hearing aids.
8 The baby stage Merton is a London borough, smaller than many of the local boroughs but huge in terms of cultural diversity and needs. The Hearing Impairment Service supports two big local hospitals and has developed good working relationships with the audiological consultants and the audiologists. ToD Julie Hughes works families across the borough who have babies and very young children with hearing aids. In this article she discusses some of the issues involved in enabling the successful wearing of hearing aids and reveals some of the tips she offers parents.
September 2011
14 Early listening opportunities In 2007 Catherine Statham and Hannah Cooper began a project at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in conjunction with the Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service to evaluate the management issues and practical considerations when fitting FM systems to very young children. They have since fitted 25 children who have bilateral hearing losses ranging from mild to profound with ear level FM receivers and have integrated this service into our routine practice. Here they describe the project and set out their conclusions.
May 2011
56 Cochlear Implants for Deaf Babies and Toddlers – A Sound Start Lawrie McGill, a Teacher for HI, Sensory Services, Dumfries and Galloway, takes a look at a booklet designed for parents/carers of babies and toddlers under two with cochlear implants.
March 2011
42 The HOT Project Neuroscientists are increasingly acknowledging the importance of the first few months of life for the development of the pathways in the brain that support normal spoken language development. The language input that an infant receives during this time shapes the development of these neural pathways. Even though babies are not producing language this early on, the language that they hear from others will be laying the foundations in the brain for their own production of language at a later stage. As we know, this is the case in infants born with a hearing impairment for whom significantly degraded language input in the critical first few months of life impacts severely on their spoken language development. Early identification of hearing loss and early intervention can mitigate these effects. Following on from research over the last two decades into the effectiveness of early detection of deafness on language and literacy skills, a new study is exploring the hearing outcomes for deaf teenagers. Dr Hannah Pimperton of the Division of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Southampton has the details.
January 2011
52 Let’s Sign Early Years Curriculum (Tutor and Student book) Educational audiologist Brian Shannan is keen to point out the virtues of this excellent resource, consisting of two separate books (and a CD-ROM) designed to support the teaching of BSL in the early years.
November 2010
46 Cochlear Implants for Young Children Early years ToD Anne Willett scrutinizes two books from The Ear Foundation’s Moving On series for parents and families with young cochlear-implanted children.
  • Moving On – Book One: Early Years Education
  • Moving On – Book Two: Listening & Language
These books cover a wide range of information related to the early years in nursery and school settings.
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Department of Education website All the Early Support Materials are now available to order or download from the Department of Education website.
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The Monitoring Protocol for Deaf Babies and Children The Monitoring Protocol for Deaf Babies and Children however does not seem to appear through the DoE website link but IS available vai this link.