With education systems in Scandinavia seen as models for good educational practices, the IDK team reviewed early intervention approaches for families with children who have hearing issues. This resource (2012) is worth a read:
Slide 12 cites current approaches for families, based on early detection and intervention, with parent education about early hearing and speech options.
From slides 14 and 15 – which cover future goals and past learning – it is clear that:
- the current generation of deaf children have many options and needs.
- parent teamwork with, and ongoing education for professionals is vital.
- early intervention needs delivery by professionals who co-operate.
- telemedicine is a solution to bring communication to more families.
Inter-country, global collaborative work is highlighted, “to share expertise, information and knowledge” with family preferences being the top priority.
Ulrika Loefkvist, a PhD student from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet created this slide-set for the first international congress on family-centred early intervention for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, in Austria (2012).
One final point on education. Finland has since 1957 required subtitles for foreign TV shows. This move is believed to have reinforced its education system, which is based on core teaching from age 7 until 16. After this stage, 95 percent of students move to vocational or academic high schools.
- Parents’ Essential Role In Language Development
- Early Interaction With Babies For Communication
- Early Implants Best For Baby’s Language Progress
- How Families Can Accept Hearing-Technology
- Words To Explain Hearing Issues To Other People
- Deafness Led To The Phone, Internet And SMS Texts
- Real-Time Captioning At School Via Mobile Phone
- Captions In The Classroom Boost Literacy Skills