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Tiredness in Deaf Children

Fatigue is common in deaf children. Most people have times when they find listening hard work, such as when concentrating on someone speaking softly, or when trying to make out a single voice in a noisy environment.

Deaf children have to pay much more attention when listening than children with typical hearing levels. This means they use more of their cognitive resources in listening effort, and have less energy for other things. Deaf children may be more tired at the end of a school day than their hearing siblings or friends. This fatigue may have a significant impact on their learning and development. Continue reading ...

[Source: National Deaf Children's Society, UK]

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The role of the neonatal nurse in early hearing detection and intervention in South Africa
(Moodley S, MA, Researcher and Audiologist; Störbeck C, PhD, Director Centre for Deaf Studies, University of the Witwatersrand)
There is a lack of direct recognition of children with disabilities and the importance of early screening and identification of disability, particularly within Africa. Within the South African healthcare setting, the role of screening for disability within a neonatal or paediatric nursery could be facilitated by the nurse.

Cochlear Implantation in an Early Intervention Programme in South Africa [Claudine Storbeck and Selvarani Moodley]

Since structured information on age of implantation and language development of children with cochlear implants is not available in South Africa, the aim of this research was to begin data collection and analysis of implanted children enrolled in an early intervention programme. 15 children that have been implanted were analysed with regards to implantation age, language modality choice and development, laterality of implantation and schooling.

Audiological testing of Cochlear Implanted children in an Early Intervention Programme in South Africa [Claudine Storbeck and Selvarani Moodley]

The aim of this study was to determine protocols and standards that are being used for cochlear implant candidacy in the South African pediatric population. Data from an early intervention programme was audited to determine what testing procedures are being employed at specific ages. Results indicated an increased use of electrophysiologic methods of audiological testing and limited use of behavioral testing methods.

Early Childhood Development (ECD) policies in South Africa – What about children with disabilities? [Claudine Storbeck and Selvarani Moodley]

The field of early childhood development as it relates to government policy within the three South African government departments (Department of Education, Department of Social Development and Department of Health) are explored and discussed, with the aim of identifying strengths and weaknesses in our policies, gap areas of service delivery and to make recommendations on a way forward.

Towards Integrated Practices in Early Detection of and Intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children [Claudine Storbeck & Jennifer Calvert-Evers]

Studies show that undetected hearing loss can lead to irreversible language, speech and cognitive delays (Yoshinaga-Itano, Sedey, Coulter, & Mehl, 1998; Morton & Nance, 2006; Swanepoel, Delport, & Swart, 2007). More pressing than the mere detection of the hearing loss is early diagnosis and subsequent early intervention before the age of 6 months, thus enabling the child to develop and maintain age appropriate development with particular focus on
language development.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention in South Africa [DeWet Swanepoel, Claudine Storbeck, Peter Fridland]

Early hearing detection and intervention programs have become the standard of care to ensure optimal outcomes for infants with hearing loss, their families and society at large. The overwhelmingmajority of infants with congenital or early-onset permanent bilateral hearing loss are however born in developing countries like South Africa where services are scarce and awareness poor.

EHDI Africa: Advocating for infants with Hearing Loss in Africa [DeWet Swanepoel, Claudine Storbeck]

Children with hearing loss who happen to reside in Africa deserve the chance to develop according to their potential as much as their peers living in more affluent regions. This leaves a moral obligation to pursue ways of initiating, developing,and growing early hearing detection and intervention services in Africa.

Early intervention in South Africa: Moving beyond hearing screening [Claudine Storbeck, Paula Pittman]

Since little information is available on the outcome of early hearing intervention programs in South Africa, this article examines data on infants and families registered with a family-centred, home-based intervention program (HI HOPES) over a 12-month period in order to track the effectiveness of the holistic unbiased support to families of infants and toddlers with a hearing-loss.








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