11 September 2017
Another successful NAIP OST Training day
On Wednesday 12th July 2017, over 50 teachers of
the deaf and speech and language therapists attended this year's
training conference, and they were all very impressed with the
facilities at the new venue - the Nottingham Conference Centre -
particularly the spacious rooms with excellent audio-visual
technology, the lovely food and drink and the reduced parking and
The overall conference content was rated as Excellent by 70% of
the delegates, whilst the remaining 30% rated it is as Good, with
95% saying it was highly relevant to their current position.
There was great interest in a project taking place in the
Biomedical Unit in Hearing which hopes to be able to use
infrared imaging of children's brains to show where speech is
processed, which may allow us to understand why some deaf
children have particular difficulty developing spoken language.
All the delegates found the updates and hands-on
workshops from the cochlear Implant manufacturers very
useful and requested that these are included each year at the
They appreciated hearing how the multidisciplinary implant team
continues to streamline the support it provides, working
together to achieve the best outcomes for the children,
following cochlear implantation.
All the presentations were described as very useful, and topics
- Difficulties aside from hearing shared by many children
deafened by congenital Cytomegalovirus infection
- Coaching strategies to support challenging conversations
- Disproportionate language impairment in children using cochlear
- The Educational Audiologists special interest group and the
newly established Early Years professional development group.
There were suggestions for next year's conference,
including working with older children and those with complex
We will be returning to the Nottingham Conference Centre next
summer, and will announce the date very soon!