The Beyond Speech Workshop 2023 theme was Exploring cultural and linguistic diversity in children with hearing loss.
The workshop reached 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.
Keynote Presentation – Deaf multilingual learners: What does the research evidence tell us?
Kathryn Crowe, University of Iceland Mark Guiberson, University of Wyoming
Examining Language Development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children: Insights for the Hearing Assessment Program – Early Ears (HAPEE)
Traci Flynn, Hearing Australia
Panel Discussion: Promoting culturally competent practices in professional practice
Katherine Phelan, NextSense
Simone Punch, Hearing Australia
Stephanie Ingram, The Shepherd Centre
Trudy Smith, NextSense
Mandarin-speaking preschoolers with CIs can use prosodic cues to contrast compounds from lists
Feng Xu, Macquarie University
Speech accuracy and intelligibility of bilingual children with cochlear implants
Pauline van der Straten Waillet, Université Libre de Bruxelles