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Paediatric Assessment (Advanced Audiology Masterclass)

  • 7 hours a week
  • 5 weeks

Overview

This five-day course covers the theory and practice of hearing assessment in infants and children as the basis for appropriate audiological management.

The course combines theoretical evidence with practical knowledge and skills which you'll be able to apply immediately in whatever clinical setting you work in.

You’ll also have an opportunity to network with a range of professionals from different backgrounds.

The course is updated annually to reflect the latest trends in technology and clinical practice.

The course is run by the UCL Ear Institute.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for:

  • audiologists and audiology assistants
  • teachers of the deaf
  • speech and language therapists
  • general practitioners with a special interest in audiology
  • audiovestibular doctors and other health professionals

You should have previous knowledge and experience in general audiology.

Course content

This course aims to help you:

  • understand the principles behind newborn hearing screening and early intervention for neural plasticity
  • optimise the auditory potential for life-long communication and social integration
  • establish skills in behavioural and objective methods of hearing assessment in infants and children as the basis for appropriate audiological management
  • integrate speech-based assessments into the protocols for evaluating hearing
  • assess and address the hearing needs of children within their family context
  • apply new techniques in clinical placements and implement change within departmental practice if appropriate
  • constructively evaluate and recognise constraints in observed clinical practice

It also aims to:

  • develop coherence in the roles of all professionals in the paediatric audiology team
  • introduce a culture of reflective practice, service evaluation and professional learning 
  • help you understand the responsibility conferred by professional training in paediatric audiology and importance of continually developing knowledge and practice

Teaching and structure

The course will run on five consecutive Fridays.

It uses blended learning methods to cater for different learning styles. 

Seminar-style, interactive teaching is supplemented by:

  • group exercises and class discussion 
  • practical demonstrations 
  • completion of case-studies with peer-evaluated clinical procedures
  • use of video of clinical practice by students for reflection and self-evaluation
  • self-directed reading and pre-reading around current structure and practice in paediatric audiology services
  • e-learning course work 

Certificates and accreditation

You'll receive a certificate of attendance if you attend all five days.

This course is accredited by the British Society of Audiology (BSA) and the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) – reflective practice.

Learning outcomes

Following this course you'll be able to:

  • assess cognitive and behavioural development of infancy and childhood
  • identify appropriate environment, arousal state and acoustic signals for assessing behaviour change in detection of sound
  • use evoked potentials for deriving information on auditory thresholds in early life
  • support parent information, inclusion and involvement as the main facilitator in their child’s communication development
  • recognise the role and remit of the audiologist and others within a reciprocal team for early assessment and intervention built around the individual child and family
  • disseminate information about the child for informed decision-making by relevant agencies with parents at the core

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Course team

Carolina Leal

Carolina is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Audiology with a special interest in the audiological assessment and rehabilitation of infants and children. She's dual trained as a speech and language therapist and audiologist and holds a Master's degree in Advanced Audiology from UCL. Her current clinical experience is within the field of paediatric auditory implants. She's responsible for audiological assessment and rehabilitative management of children who are potential candidates or users of cochlear implants or any other auditory implant.


Course information last modified: 19 Sep 2018, 11:12

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