A pilot study of telepractice delivery for teaching listening and spoken language to children with hearing loss

Gabriella Constantinescu*, Monique Waite, Dimity Dornan, Emma Rushbrooke, Jackie Brown, Jane McGovern, Michelle Ryan, Anne Hill

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Abstract

Telemedicine ("telepractice") allows improved access to specialised early intervention services such as Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) for children with hearing loss. We investigated the effectiveness of a tele-AVT programme (eAVT) in the spoken language development of a group of young children with hearing loss. In a retrospective study we compared the language outcomes of children with bilateral hearing loss receiving eAVT with a control group who received therapy In Person. Seven children in each group (mean age 2.4 years) were matched on pre-amplification hearing level for the better hearing ear, age at optimal amplification and enrolment in the AVT programme. The eAVT sessions were conducted via Skype. Results on the Preschool Language Scale-4 were compared at 2 years post optimal amplification. There were no significant differences in language scores between the two groups. Language scores for the children in the eAVT group were within the normal range for children with normal hearing. The results suggest that early intervention AVT via telepractice may be as effective as delivery In Person for children with hearing loss.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

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