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2022


December

 

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September

7 Leap into Literacy for Children with Hearing Loss

Literacy skills are fundamental for formal education and are crucial for success across a lifespan. Literacy learning requires a systematic well designed instructional approach, and children with hearing loss highly benefit from specific strategies to support and address their unique learning needs.

Key Learnings:
- Understand key aspects of literacy development.

- Learn how hearing loss impacts on literacy development.

- Learn strategies to support literacy development in children with hearing loss.

- Develop activities to strengthen pre-literacy and literacy skills.

Course Details:
Two hour online interactive course suited for professionals working with young children and primary school aged students with hearing loss.
Multiple opportunities for group discussion of key concepts, case examples and application of techniques.

For more details about Professional Development events by The Shepherd Centre.

Contact: Pia Watkins
Email: [email protected]

   

August

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Understanding Hearing Loss - Tips and Tricks for Supporting a Student with Hearing Loss in the Classroom

Learning and engagement throughout a student's educational years are central to a student's outcomes and positive growth. For a child with hearing loss, the classroom and school environment can pose challenges for listening, learning and participation. How can we meet the needs of students with hearing loss and ensure we are supporting them best?

Key Learnings:
- Understand degrees and types of hearing loss.

- Explore the implications of hearing loss on learning and development.

- Identify and address challenges to facilitate learning and optimal progress.

- Understand the use of a Wireless Communication Device.

- Learn practical classroom teaching tips to best support engagement, participation and learning for students with hearing loss. 

Course Details:
Two hour online interactive course for professionals working with preschool, primary and high school students with hearing loss.
Multiple opportunities for group discussion of key concepts and practical application of strategies to support student learning.
 
For more details about Professional Development events by The Shepherd Centre.

Contact: Pia Watkins
Email: [email protected]

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Webinar - Treatment for Selective Mutism in Schools and Preschools

This webinar is about an intensive school/preschool program for children with selective mutism. It is suitable for primary and preschool teachers who have a child in their class with selective mutism, school psychologists and learning support teams, and parents of children with selective mutism or extreme shyness.

Selective Mutism is a condition that severely restricts a child’s capacity to communicate outside the home. It is a treatable anxiety disorder, but generally requires 1-2 years of treatment. An intensive school treatment program is generally an essential part of treatment.

At the selective mutism clinic, we work closely with the classroom teacher and support staff to help them deliver this program.

Topics that will be covered:
- What is Selective Mutism
- Understanding Selective Mutism as an anxiety disorder
- Understanding how to apply a graded approach to treat anxiety
- Factors that affect a child’s ability to communicate
- Specific treatment strategies to use at preschool/school and in the classroom including ‘Sliding In’ to build the child’s talking with their classroom teacher.
- Strategies to generalise the child’s talking to all peers and staff at a school
- Common issues and questions

Cost: $150

Time: 5 pm - 8 pm AEST

Contact: Elizabeth Woodcock
Email: [email protected]
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The Functional Listening Index-Paediatric® (FLI-P®) – Monitoring Listening Skills for Positive Progress

Functional listening skills underpin language, literacy, communication development and social competence. How can we closely track functional auditory skill development from infancy? This course focuses on the understanding and use of the Functional Listening Index - Paediatric (FLI-®) – a new research based tool designed to assist the tracking and monitoring of a child’s listening skills in everyday life scenarios.

Key Learnings:
- An introduction to a revolutionary new tool, developed by The Shepherd Centre in collaboration the HEARing CRC and Cochlear, to measure and address functional listening skills

- Early enhancement of Functional Listening skills can predict and support:

  • Language

  • Speech

  • Literacy

  • Social Skills 

  • - Learn how to closely monitor functional listening skills in children with hearing loss.

    - Learn key strategies to enhance listening skill development in children with hearing loss.   

    Course Details:
    Two hour interactive workshop suited for professionals working with young children with hearing loss.
    Multiple opportunities for group discussion of key concepts, case examples and application of techniques.

    For more details about Professional Development events by The Shepherd Centre.

    Contact: Pia Watkins
    Email: [email protected]

    Engineering Executive Function for Children with Hearing Loss

    Functional listening skills underpin language, literacy, communication development and social competence. How can we closely track functional auditory skill development from infancy? This course focuses on the understanding and use of the Functional Listening Index - Paediatric (FLI-®) – a new research based tool designed to assist the tracking and monitoring of a child’s listening skills in everyday life scenarios.

    Key Learnings:
    - Describe Executive Function.

    - Discuss cognitive functions at risk in children with hearing loss.

    - Understand the impact of enhanced Executive Function.

    - Identify barriers to the development of Executive Function.

    - Explore activities to strengthen the development of Executive Function.

    Course Details:
    Two hour interactive workshop suited for professionals working with young children with hearing loss.
    Multiple opportunities for group discussion of key concepts, case examples and application of techniques.

    For more details about Professional Development events by The Shepherd Centre.

    Contact: Pia Watkins
    Email: [email protected]

     

    4

    Webinar - How to help your child with Selective Mutism

    This 3-hour webinar is for parents, carers, and family members who would like to understand more about selective mutism and learn specific strategies to help their child become a confident communicator at school and in other social settings.

    Selective mutism can completely resolve with treatment, but usually requires 1-2 years of treatment. Treatment usually involves an intensive program at preschool/school, 1 on 1 sessions with a therapist, and lots of practise communicating in different social situations.

    Topics that will be covered:
    - What is Selective Mutism
    - Differences between Selective Mutism and shyness
    - Understanding Selective Mutism as an anxiety disorder
    - Understanding how to apply a stepladder approach to treat anxiety
    - Factors that make it harder or easier for a child to communicate
    - General do's and don'ts of managing selective mutism
    - Using 'Sliding In' as a strategy to help children start to talk to their teacher/clinician/relatives.
    - Building children's communication in social situations outside school such as at the shops, with relatives, and extracurricular activities
    - Skills to teach your child about emotions, and general parenting strategies to help keep children's anxiety low
    - Details about the Selective Mutism Clinic's intensive school program for Selective Mutism

    Contact:
    Elizabeth Woodcock
    Email: [email protected]
       

    July

    27 Sensory feeding challenges: Not Just a Childhood Experience

    Eating is a highly complex sensory experience that relies on all five senses: touch, taste, sight, smell and sound. Trouble in processing this intricate sensory information can occur at all ages and may lead to mealtime stress and reduced food intake.

    Join dietitian Shannyn Thatcher in our upcoming webinar to explore assessment and management strategies for dealing with sensory feeding issues.

    In this Q&A-style webinar, Shannyn will use practical case study examples and touch on the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in managing sensory feeding challenges.

    This webinar is supported by Abbott Nutrition.

    Register Here

    Contact: Fransiska Ingrati
    Email: [email protected]

    27 World Head and Neck Cancer Day

    July 27 is World Head and Neck Cancer Day where we promote awareness for this complex form of cancer.
    What is Head and Neck Cancer and why is it different? Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) is not just one type of cancer, it includes more than 10 different cancers that can affect a person’s mouth, tongue, throat, salivary glands, skin or voice box.

    The treatment for HNC can be brutal as it affects a person’s identity unlike any other cancer. It can leave a person unable to speak, with devastating facial disfigurements and take away basic abilities that we take for granted like eating, breathing, speaking, drinking and swallowing.

    Contact: Susie Riddell
    Email: [email protected]

    27 Autism Spectrum Disorder

    "Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability resulting in communication, social, and behavioral difficulties. ASD impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, resulting in communication and social interaction issues. Autism spectrum disorder may include limited or repeated types of behavior. However, the term “spectrum” in ASD means a wide range of symptoms and severity of the disorder. 

    Specific vital abilities like thinking, learning, and problem-solving of those with ASD can vary from gifted to severely affected. Some patients need a lot of support in their daily lives, while others may not need any. 

    Autism can have a serious impact on education and employment. In fact, 85% of college-educated people with autism are unemployed. The level of support provided by the national and local authorities, and societal attitudes are crucial factors in determining the quality of life of those with ASD."

    Please find the link to our article.

    #Autism #ASD #AdultRehabilitation #SPAevent #SpeechPathology #ParentEducation #CommunicationDisorder 

    Contact: Claire Hockey
     
    23 Allied Health and Nurse Parkinson’s Symposium
     
    Where: Mercure Hotel, Scully Park, Kent St Tamworth

    Day program
    Education for Allied Health & Nurses, including Allied Health & Nursing Students

    Time:  8.30am-3.30pm

    Cost: $40 per person ($60 per person if you attend both education & dinner)

    Health Clinicians Dinner
    Dinner & Entertainment for Specialists, GPs, Nurses, Allied Health & all Practice Staff are welcome

    Time:  6.30pm-10.30pm

    Cost: $40 per person ($60 per person if you attend both education & dinner)

    Keynote Speakers: Dr Stephen Duma (Neurologist) & Clyde Campbell

    Register online

       

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    January 2023

    16 Camp SAY: Australia

    Camp SAY: Australia is a 5-night, sleep-away summer camp for young people who stutter ages 8-18.

    At Camp SAY: AU we combine a high quality, traditional camp experience with specialised programs and activities that help kids and teens who stutter develop confidence and independence, and form important lifelong friendships.

    Camp SAY: AU 2023 will be hosted at Log Cabin Camp, on of the premiere camp facilities in Victoria, located in the picturesque area of Creswick, just 140 km east of Melbourne's CBD. We look forward to welcoming campers to this 36-acre, impeccably maintained, Australian Camps Association accredited campsite.

    Campers are welcomed by friendly staff and fellow campers who stutter and immediately see that Camp SAY: AU is a very different place - a place where they are free to express themselves without fear or ridicule. Camp programs and activities are specially designed to meet each child’s individual goals and needs. So instead of worrying about stuttering, kids can experience the simple joy of being a child.

    At Camp SAY: AU we believe that every voice matters, every voice deserves to be heard, and it's really OK to stutter!

    Contact: Rich Stephens
    Email: [email protected]