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Complex Needs Week


June 12, 2017

Time09.00 to 16.00
Duration4 days
VenueThe Ear Foundation, Nottingham
TicketsMonday : £100.00
Tuesday : £100.00
Wednesday : £100.00
4 day special offer : £300.00

You are welcome to join us for individual days, £100, or join us for all four days for £300

Do you work with deaf children who have additional needs? Want to learn more on what deaf children with complex needs require to be best supported by teachers of the deaf, speech therapists and other staff in special educational settings?

It is estimated that up to 40% of deaf children will have additional needs which may impact on their ability to learn.  We also know that in practice that sometimes the focus on one aspect of a child’s need rather than looking at all contributing factors. The additional needs impact the type of support they require to achieve the best outcomes for these populations.

This course, for professionals who support children with additional disabilities, will focus on the challenges and the opportunities of working with diverse populations. We will explore the issues around fitting complex children with hearing technologies, strategies needed to support children with additional needs in educational settings.

Monday 12th – Congenital Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, Cytomegalovirus and Pre-term infants

We’ll start our complex issues week by covering three topics, congenital auditory neuropathy synchrony disorder, cytomegalovirus and pre-term birth.

You’ll find out more about these, and what’s important to consider when supporting a child. Hearing loss is common with all, so we’ll look at protocols for audiological assessment.  With the help of families, we’ll consider the emotional impact and take away some practical tips and further ideas for learning.

Tuesday 13th – Hearing Loss and……

Autism Spectrum Disorder

The prevalence of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) is higher in deaf people than in hearing people. However, conditions that mimic ASD associated with language deprivation are even higher (Wright and Oakes, 2012).

You will find out more about the impact of this dual diagnosis and discuss how to support families understand this impact as well as how to put in place some practical strategies that can build into everyday life to  help children gain both the social and special language abilities for successful conversations and friendships which leads to positive outcomes in the school setting


‘Deafblindness is not just a deaf person who cannot see, or a blind person who cannot hear. The two impairments together increase the effects of each’. Sense UK

Children who have deafblindness often behave differently to sighted hearing children. This can present a challenge when providing appropriate supports in educational settings to promote the development of communication, social and cognitive skills. We will explore the impact of deafblindness and what strategies and resources can be used to increase their opportunities to engage more successfully in their learning.

Wednesday 14th – Sensory Processing Disorder and Children with Hearing Loss

‘Children who have either partial or total hearing loss are especially vulnerable to sensory processing disorder.’

This dynamic day starts with an introduction to sensory processing. We explore how issues around sensory processing can make everyday tasks challenging for children. You will leave with strategies to reduce the impact of these difficulties to lay the foundations of a supportive environment at school and at home.

Thursday 15thPutting It All Together – Practical Planning and Coaching

Thinking about a child you support we will work with you to  explore appropriate resources, set positive goals and determine strategies to put together in a session plan.

Select a focus from the topics covered during the week to develop some support resources to take back for use in your daily practice

During the week you will:

  • Explore the current research and practice in the management of complex children
  • Know appropriate pathways for audiological assessments
  • Recognise the impact on the family
  • Describe the potential challenges for learning
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues around supporting deaf children with additional needs
  • Define good practice around supporting deaf children with complex needs in educational settings
  • Explore resources available to support the development of goals and targets for these populations particularly taking into  consideration the communication needs of deaf children with complex needs

Monday Programme.pdf

Tuesday Programme.pdf

Wednesday Programme.pdf

Thursday Programme.pdf

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