The Beyond Speech Workshop 2023 was held online on Monday 14th August. The theme for this year’s event was Exploring cultural and linguistic diversity in children with hearing loss.
The workshop’s audience of 400 researchers, clinicians and teachers of the deaf was treated to a fascinating program of talks from local and international presenters. Kate Crowe (University of Iceland) and Mark Guiberson (University of Wyoming) provided the opening keynote on Deaf multilingual language learners and Mridula Sharma (Macquarie University) spoke on ear health, dichotic listening and phonological awareness skills in children from the Northern Territory. Other presentations examined speech and language development in children with hearing loss acquiring diverse languages – English, Auslan, Mandarin, and French – and a panel discussion explored current clinical approaches for culturally safe assessment and intervention for linguistically diverse families.
The workshop was sponsored by Macquarie University’s Child Language Lab and Centre for Language Sciences, and the Australian Hearing Hub