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Paediatric Assessment: A Refresher Course

An Introduction / Update for Behavioural Testing in Paediatric Audiology

Tuesday 1 November 2022 - Thursday 3 November 2022
Booking deadline: Tuesday 27 September 2022
Course fee:

The Park Royal Hotel
Stretton Road

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Non-residential course

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.

Course faculty
Greg NassarDr Greg Nassar

Principal Clinical Scientist (Audiology)
Head of Audiology Services
Trafford Hospitals,
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT,

Ed Brown

Consultant Clinical Scientist (Audiology)
Head of Audiology
Royal Hospital,

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

Speciality Grade Doctor in Community Paediatrics
Hackney and Homerton Hospital,

Course programme
Tuesday 1st November 2022
8.45 Registration 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]
Trevor Foster
11.25 Calibration Essentials [1 hour]
Jonathan Proffitt
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Child Protection Issues [45 mins]
Dr Marc Spinoza
2.20 Distraction Testing [30 mins]
Kath Woolley
2.55 VRA Basics [30 mins]
Ed Brown
3.30 Break
3.45 VRA Beyond the Basics [1 hour]
Ed Brown
4.50 Play Audiometry [30 mins]
Kath Woolley
5.20 End of Day
Wednesday 2nd November 2022
8.45 Coffee
9.00 Introduction to ANSD and APD [1 hour]
Ed Brown
10.05 Speech Discrimination Testing [1 hour]
Trevor Foster
11.10 Break
11.25 Non-Organic Hearing Loss [15 mins]
Trevor Foster
11.45 Communicating with Parents [45 mins]
Ed Brown
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Planning the Session [1 hour 45 mins]
Greg Nassar
3.15 Break
3.30 Syndromes and Disorders [1 hour 15 mins]
Dr Marc Spinoza
4.50 Report Writing and Record Keeping [30 mins]
Kath Lewis
5.20 End of Day
Thursday 3rd November 2022
8.45 Coffee
9.00 Management Decisions [1 hour]
Dr Greg Nassar
10.05 OAE, Tympanometry and Reflexes [45 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
10.50 Break
11.05 Complex Cases [45 mins]
Dr Greg Nassar
11.55 Case Presentations [30 mins]
Kath Lewis
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Workshop and Discussion [2 hours]
Course Faculty and Manufacturers
3.30 Course Review
Anne Davies
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.

Child Protection Issues
Raising awareness of child protection issues in relation to audiology.

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.

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. 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.

Communicating with Parents
Communications skills, scenarios and group work on explaining different 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.

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.

Management Decisions
Factors to be considered when formulating management plans. Discussion of case histories and management options.

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

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. 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.

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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