New webinar: evaluating the educational outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Learn about factors influencing developmental outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing

On 26 August, the Victorian Deaf Education Institute (VDEI) is hosting a one-hour free webinar with Dr Teresa Ching, Research Lead for the Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment (LOCHI) study.

Dr Ching will provide an update on an Australian population-based longitudinal study tracking the outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing as they grow up.

The presentation will address the following research questions.

  1. Does Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) and early intervention improve the outcomes of children with hearing loss at a population level?
  2. What factors influence the outcomes of children with hearing loss?
  3. Can early performance predict later outcomes of children with hearing loss?

What is the LOCHI study?

The LOCHI study has prospectively evaluated the development of approximately 460 children across Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, who were born between 2002 and 2007. Information has been collected at six and 12 months after intervention, and again at three, five and nine years old.

The types of data collected and published includes:

  • speech and language skills
  • literacy and numeracy skills
  • academic achievement
  • psycho-social development.

The data related to cognition at ages three and five has been published, and data collected at nine years old is currently being analysed.

The LOCHI findings provide strong evidence for the effectiveness of early detection and intervention in improving the language outcomes of deaf or hard of hearing children at five years old.

Dr Teresa Ching will present on the research findings to date and participants will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the study. 

Registration and webinar details

The presentation will be delivered to an online audience using Webex.

Date: Wednesday 26 August

Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Cost: Free

Register for the webinar
Registrations close three business days before the event

Find out more

For more information about the webinar or questions about registration, contact the VDEI team:

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