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Paediatric Assessment: A Refresher Course

An Introduction / Update for Behavioural Testing in Paediatric Audiology

Tuesday 12 November 2024 - Thursday 14 November 2024
Booking deadline: Tuesday 8 October 2024
Course fee:

The Park Royal Hotel
Stretton Road


Non-residential course

Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation for this course. The Park Royal Hotel offers a discounted bed and breakfast rate for course attendees; please contact us for details.


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 faculty are experienced clinical staff, and the course focuses on the skills needed for effective testing and clinical management.

The course programme covers all the main behavioural tests, including speech discrimination testing and VRA using insert earphones and bone conduction. It also includes history taking, planning, communication, management decisions and report writing. Appropriate national guidelines for Paediatric Testing are referenced throughout the course.

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 does not cover objective testing, advanced practice or assessment of complex cases.

Course faculty
Georgie Swainson

Clinical Scientist
Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS FT,

Greg NassarDr Greg Nassar

Consultant Clinical Scientist
Head of Audiology Services
Trafford Hospitals,
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT,

Dr Trevor Foster

Clinical Lead (Paediatric Audiology)
James Cook University Hospital,

Ed Brown

Consultant Clinical Scientist
Head of Audiology (retired)

Kath WoolleyKathryn Woolley

Head of Audiology (retired)

Kath LewisKathryn Lewis

Head of Audiology
University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS FT,
Withington Community Hospital,

Jonathan ProffittJonathan Proffitt

Senior Calibration Engineer (Audiology)
University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS FT,
Withington Community Hospital,

Marc SpinozaDr Marc Spinoza

Community Paediatrician
Waltham Forest,

Course programme
Tuesday 12th November 2024
from 8.30 Arrival and Coffee
9.00 Welcome
Anne Davies
9.10 Course Introduction
Kath Lewis
9.30 Paediatric Development [1 hour]
Dr Marc Spinoza
10.35 Break
10.50 History Taking [30 mins]
Dr Trevor Foster
11.25 Calibration Essentials [1 hour]
Jonathan Proffitt
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Children’s Safeguarding Issues [45 mins]
Dr Marc Spinoza & Dr Trevor Foster
2.20 Report Writing and Record Keeping [30 mins]
Kath Lewis
2.55 VRA Basics [45 mins]
Ed Brown
3.45 Break
4.00 VRA Beyond the Basics [45 mins]
Ed Brown
4.50 Play Audiometry [30 mins]
Kath Woolley
5.20 Questions and Discussion [10 mins]
Course Faculty
5.30 End of Day
6.00 Evening meal, in the hotel restaurant
Wednesday 13th November 2024
8.45 Coffee
9.00 Introduction to ANSD and APD [1 hour]
Georgie Swainson
10.05 Speech Discrimination Testing [1 hour]
Dr Trevor Foster
11.10 Break
11.25 Non-Organic Hearing Loss [30 mins]
Dr Trevor Foster
12.00 OAE, Tympanometry and Reflexes [45 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
12.45 Lunch
1.45 Planning the Session [1 hour 45 mins]
Georgie Swainson
3.30 Break
3.45 Syndromes and Disorders [1 hour 15 mins]
Dr Marc Spinoza
5.05 Distraction Testing [30 mins]
Kath Woolley
5.35 End of Day
No evening meal provided, please make your own arrangements
Thursday 14th November 2024
8.45 Coffee
9.00 Management Decisions [1 hour]
Dr Greg Nassar
10.05 Communicating with Parents [1 hour]
10.50 Break
11.05 Introduction to Complex Cases [45 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
11.55 Case Presentations [30 mins]
TBC & Kath Lewis
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Workshop and Discussion [2 hours]
Course Faculty and Manufacturers
3.30 Closing Plenary Session
Anne Davies & Course Faculty 
4.00 Close of Course
Course content

Paediatric Development
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.

History Taking
The essentials of a good history, why and when. Appropriate questions to ask. Example of history taking in clinic.

Calibration Essentials
The importance of calibration for paediatric audiology specifically.

Children’s Safeguarding Issues
Raising awareness of child protection issues in relation to audiology.

Report Writing and Record Keeping
Essence and structure of a good report. Why we write them, who to, and what should they inform the recipient about.

VRA Basics
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.

Play Audiometry
The requirements of the test, environment, and equipment. 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 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.

Non-Organic Hearing Loss
A brief overview of assessment options and test strategy, when managing children who present with non-organic hearing loss.

OAE, Tympanometry and Reflexes
Test protocols, parameters and pitfalls. The difference between standard and high frequency tympanometry testing and results.

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.

Distraction Testing
The orienting reflex and the most appropriate sounds to evoke a response. Criteria for testing, equipment required, frequencies produced, room set-up and pitfalls.

Management Decisions
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.

Introduction to Complex Cases
Tips and tactics to get the most out of an assessment when testing is more complex or challenging than expected.

Case Presentations
Examples of when to change how we assess and adapt when faced with more challenging cases in clinic.

Workshop and Discussion
Hands-on work in small groups.

Comments from previous delegates

“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 and travel

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. The Park Royal Hotel offers a discounted bed and breakfast rate for course attendees; please contact us for details.

The course fee includes evening meal on the Tuesday evening of the course at 6.00pm. On Wednesday evening, please make your own arrangements for evening meal.

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.

Methods of payment

Purchase order number and invoice address (supplier: Anne Davies Audiology Courses).
Cheque (payable to Anne Davies Audiology Courses).
Credit / debit card. Pay online at time of booking.
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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