Booking deadline: Tuesday 8 October 2019
The course booking deadline has passed but there may be space left on the course. Please contact us to enquire.
Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation for this course.
This is an introductory course to Paediatric Assessment (Behavioural Testing). The course is for Audiologists who are beginning to work in Paediatric Testing or who would like an update on current test protocols.
The course will be of interest to professionals who work with paediatric audiologists and who wish to gain an insight into Paediatric Assessment clinics. It is also appropriate as a short focused orientation for non-graduates (including associate and assistant practitioners) who may be assisting in paediatric clinics.
The course covers all the main behavioural tests, including speech discrimination testing and VRA using insert earphones and bone conduction. It also includes introduction to history taking, planning the session, calibration and room set-up, management decisions and report writing.
During the course, delegates will receive appropriate national guidelines for Paediatric Testing.
The course does not cover objective testing, advanced practice or assessment of complex cases.
Clinical Scientist (Audiology)
|Dr Greg Nassar|
Principal Clinical Scientist (Audiology)
Head of Audiology
Head of Audiology
Senior Calibration Engineer (Audiology)
|Dr Marc Spinoza|
Speciality Grade Doctor in Community Paediatrics
Head of Professional Services
|Tuesday 5th November 2019|
|9.00||Registration and Coffee|
|9.45||Paediatric Development [1 hour]
Dr Marc Spinoza
|11.05||History Taking [30 mins]
|11.40||Calibration Essentials [1 hour]
|1.45||Child Protection Issues [30 mins]
Dr Marc Spinoza & Georgie Hill
|2.20||Distraction Testing [30 mins]
|2.55||VRA Basics [30 mins]
|3.45||VRA Beyond the Basics [1 hour]
|4.50||Play Audiometry [30 mins]
|5.20||End of Day|
|Wednesday 6th November 2019|
|9.00||Introduction to ANSD and APD [1 hour]
|10.05||Speech Discrimination Testing [1 hour]
|11.25||Automatic Verification of Paediatric Fittings with TargetMatch [30 mins]
|12.00||Tympanometry and Reflexes [45 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
|1.45||Planning the Session [1 hour 45 mins]
|3.45||Syndromes and Disorders [1 hour 15 mins]
Dr Marc Spinoza
|5.05||Report Writing [30 mins]
|5.35||End of Day|
|Thursday 7th November 2019|
|9.00||Management Decisions [1 hour]
Dr Greg Nassar
|10.05||Communicating with Parents [45 mins]
|11.05||Complex Cases [45 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
|11.55||Case Presentations [30 mins]
Georgie Hill & Kath Lewis
|1.30||Workshop [1 hour 30 mins]
|4.00||Close of Course|
A whistle-stop tour of stages in child development assessed by paediatricians as part of a paediatric history (including aspects of Down syndrome), which have implications for audiology testing.
The essentials of a good history, why and when. Appropriate questions to ask. Example of history taking in clinic.
The importance of calibration for paediatric audiology specifically.
Child Protection Issues
Raising awareness of child protection issues in relation to audiology.
The orienting reflex and the most appropriate sounds to evoke a response. Criteria for testing, equipment required, frequencies produced, room set-up and pitfalls.
Underlying principles of Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA), room set-up, equipment. The practical procedure of performing VRA in the soundfield.
VRA Beyond the Basics
The challenges whilst performing VRA; tactics and good practice to obtain reliable results. The use of insert earphones and bone conduction transducers. Interpretation of VRA results.
The requirements of the test, environment, and equipment. A review of the co-operative test. The suitability of play audiometry and the techniques, procedure and results. This is supported by a video demonstration.
Introduction to ANSD and APD
A basic introduction to these conditions, diagnosis and correct management, case studies.
Speech Discrimination Testing
The various types of speech tests available. Appropriate tests for developmental age. Examples of live test in a clinic.
Automatic Verification of Paediatric Fittings with TargetMatch
Probe microphone measurements remain the ‘gold-stand’ for the electro-acoustic verification of hearing instrument fittings. The process, however, is often considered inefficient as the clinician must ‘juggle’ with both verification and fitting software, in addition to an often uncooperative test subject, to complete the process. This presentation will discuss TargetMatch which is an automated alternative to the above developed by Phonak and Otometrics (now Natus) as an evidence based alternative to the above which results in both more accurate matching to target and greater test-retest reliability.
Tympanometry and Reflexes
The difference between standard and high frequency tympanometry testing and results. Test protocols, parameters and pitfalls.
Planning the Session
Why and when do we plan, using information from the referral and history, deciding which tests to use, interactive group work.
Syndromes and Disorders
A review of causes of deafness including syndromes, infections, and other disorders affecting hearing.
Essence and structure of a good report. Why we write them, who to, and what should they inform the recipient about.
Factors to be considered when formulating management plans. Discussion of case histories and management options.
Communicating with Parents
Communications skills, scenarios and group work on explaining different results.
Tips and tactics to get the most out of an assessment when testing is more complex or challenging than expected.
Examples of when to change how we assess and adapt when faced with more challenging cases in clinic.
Hands-on work in small groups.
“The best learning environment I’ve been in, in a long time.”
“A great refresher with up-to-date guidance.”
“A very valuable and insightful few days, looking forward to implementing this knowledge.”
Accommodation costs are not included in the course fee.
The course venue is The Park Royal Hotel, Stretton Road, Stretton, Warrington WA4 4NS. This is on the outskirts of Warrington, a 15-20 min taxi ride from Warrington town centre. Booking accommodation close to the venue (rather than commuting from Warrington town centre) is advised. Recommended places to stay are The Park Royal Hotel and the adjacent Premier Inn Warrington South, Tarporley Road, Stretton.
The course fee includes evening dinner on the Tuesday evening of the course.
Driving into and out of the Warrington area can be subject to considerable delay during rush-hour. We therefore recommend staying over, rather than driving daily to the course. Where the latter is unavoidable, please leave plenty of time for your journey.
Leaving the course early on the final afternoon is not advised. Train travel from the Warrington stations should be booked for no earlier than 4.45pm.
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Monthly instalments by direct debit (UK customers). Two payments of 50% over two months, or three payments of 33.3% over three months, interest free.
If you are travelling from overseas and require a visa: once you register and pay, we can provide a letter confirming your place on the course. Please contact us to discuss.
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