Professional Development Program

Learn how to support children with hearing loss in the classroom

2020 Program

TERM 1

Understanding Hearing Loss Workshop 

Tips and Tricks for supporting a child with hearing loss in your class

Key Learnings:

• An introduction to hearing loss and its impact on preschool/classroom participation

• Exploring the implications of having a hearing loss on learning and development

• Identifying and addressing challenges to facilitate learning and optimal progress

• Top 10 practical classroom teaching tips for hearing aid/cochlear implant or BAHA users

• What is an FM system? What is an Assistive Listening Device?

• Practical audiology tips to assist in the classroom

• How can classroom teachers facilitate optimal progress for their students with hearing loss? Identifying and addressing challenges

• Use of Virtual Reality technology to assist in understanding effect of hearing loss in the classroom

Course Details

• Interactive workshop. Multiple opportunities for small group discussion of key concepts

• Case conferences with video excerpts, practical applications and virtual reality experience

Completing the Understanding Hearing Loss: Tips and tricks for supporting a child with hearing loss in your class Workshop will contribute 2 hours of QTC registered PD addressing Standards 3 and 4 and also covering Standard Descriptors 1.1.2, 5.1.2, 5.5.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 and 1.5.2

Workshop Dates:

Sydney: The Shepherd Centre Head Office

146 Burren Street, Newtown

(2 min walk from MacDonaldtown station).

Date: Monday, 9th March 2020

Time: 9:45 am for morning tea

10:00 am start and concludes at 12:00 pm

Cost: $50 pp

 

Canberra: The Shepherd Centre, Canberra

Nealie Place, Rivett ACT 2611

Date: Thursday 12th March 2020

Time: 3:45 pm for light refreshments

4:00 pm start and concludes: 6:00 pm

Cost: $50 pp

 

 

TERM 1

101 Ideas to Climb the Listening and Spoken Language Ladder

Key Learnings:

• Understand and apply latest research- based listening, speech and language development techniques

• Multiple practical ideas to enhance all key developmental areas

• Practice using our new listening tracking tool: Functional Listening Index – Paediatric (FLI™-P)

Course Details

Full-day course suited for professionals working with primary and high school students, infants and children with hearing loss. Interactive workshop with multiple opportunities for small group discussions of key concepts. Numerous case conferences with video excerpts and practical applications.

Completing 101 Ideas to Climb the Listening and Spoken Language Ladder Workshop will contribute 6 hours of QTC registered PD covering standard descriptors 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 3-7-2, 5.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.3-2.

Workshop Dates:

Sydney: The Shepherd Centre Head Office

146 Burren Street, Newtown

(2 min walk from MacDonaldtown station).

Date: Monday, 6th April 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

Canberra: TQI Headquarters

170 Haydon Drive, Bruce ACT 2617

Date: Wednesday, 8th April 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

 

TERM 2

The Magic ‘FLI-P™’ Functional Listening Index – Paediatric

Key Learnings:

• A revolutionary NEW tool, developed by The Shepherd Centre, to measure and address functional listening skills

• Introduction of online tool that can assist both teachers and parents with tracking and enhancing listening skills

• Early enhancement of Functional Listening skills can predict:

  • Language
  • Speech
  • Literacy and
  • Social Skills development

Course Details

Full-day course suited for professionals working with primary and high school students, infants and children with hearing loss. Interactive workshop with multiple opportunities for small group discussion of key concepts. Numerous case conferences with video excerpts and practical applications.

     

The Magic FLI™-P (Functional Listening Workshop) will contribute 6 hours of QTC registered PD covering standard descriptors 1.1.2; 1.5.2; 2.1.2; 3.1.2; 3.2.2; 3.3.2; 3.4.2; 3.5.2; 3.6.2; 3.7.2; 4.1.2; 5.1.2; 5.2.2; 6.2.2; 6.3.2

Workshop Dates:

Sydney: The Shepherd Centre Head Office

146 Burren Street, Newtown

(2 min walk from MacDonaldtown station).

Date: Monday, 4th May 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

Canberra: TQI Headquarters

170 Haydon Drive, Bruce ACT 2617

Date: Thursday, 7th May 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

 

TERM 2

Combined Topic Workshop: Executive Functioning & Leaping into Literacy

Key Learnings:

MORNING: Executive Functioning

• Engineering Executive Function

• What is Executive Function?

• Positive impact of enhanced Executive Function

• Barriers to the development of Executive Function

• Activities to strengthen the development of Executive Function

AFTERNOON: Leaping into Literacy

• Specific literacy skill development challenges for children with hearing loss

• Overcoming literacy barriers for children with hearing loss

• Activities to develop and strengthen literacy

Course Details

Full-day course suited for professionals working with primary and high school students, infants and children with hearing loss. Interactive workshop with discussion of key concepts. Numerous case examples and practical applications.

Workshop Dates:

Sydney: The Shepherd Centre Head Office

146 Burren Street, Newtown

(2 min walk from MacDonaldtown station).

Date: Monday, 22nd June 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

Canberra: TQI Headquarters

170 Haydon Drive, Bruce ACT 2617

Date: Thursday, 25th June 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

 

TERM 3

Let’s Speak about Speech

Key Learnings:

• Ages and stages of typical speech development

• Exploring how hearing loss impacts upon speech development

• Determine and understand appropriate speech goals and programs of remediation for children with hearing loss

• Strategies to support appropriate implementation of remedial speech programs

Course Details

Full-day course suited for professionals working with primary and high school students, infants and children with hearing loss. Interactive workshop with multiple opportunities for small group discussion of key concepts. Numerous case examples and practical applications.

     

Completing the Let’s Speak about Speech Workshop will contribute 6 hours of QTC registered PD addressing Standards 3 and 4 and also covering Standard Descriptors 1.1.2, 1.5.2, 5.1.2, 5.5.2, 6.3.2

Workshop Dates:

Sydney: The Shepherd Centre Head Office

146 Burren Street, Newtown

(2 min walk from MacDonaldtown station).

Date: Monday, 27th July 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

Canberra: TQI Headquarters

170 Haydon Drive, Bruce ACT 2617

Date: Thursday, 30th July 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

 

TERM 3

Confident Kids – Enhancing Social Skills in Children with Hearing Loss from Infancy to School Age

Key Learnings:

• An in depth look at Theory of Mind (ToM) – including the typical stages of ToM development and how to assess those stages; investigation of the link between ToM and the development of social skills

• Explore how hearing loss impacts upon Theory of Mind development

• Practical strategies to enhance social skills success and resilience in both preschool and school-aged children.

Course Details

Full-day course suited for professionals working with primary and high school students, infants and children with hearing loss. Interactive workshop and multiple opportunities for small group discussion of key concepts. Numerous case conferences with video excerpts and practical applications.

Completing Confident Kids: Enhancing Social Skills in Children with HL from Infancy to School Age will contribute 6 hours of QTC registered PD covering standard descriptors 1.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.7.2, 5.1.2, 6.3.2, 7.3.2

Workshop Dates:

Sydney: The Shepherd Centre Head Office

146 Burren Street, Newtown

(2 min walk from MacDonaldtown station).

Date: Monday, 14th September 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

Canberra: TQI Headquarters

170 Haydon Drive, Bruce ACT 2617

Date: Thursday, 17th September 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

 

TERM 4

Uncurling the Cochlea

Key Learnings:

• Understanding cochlear implant candidacy in 2019

• Expectations at the various ages and stages both pre- and post-cochlear implant surgery

• What are 2019 best practices to assist children with unilateral hearing loss

• Implications of the revolutionary new Cochlear Implant

Course Details

Full-day course suited for professionals working with infants and children with hearing loss and primary and high school students. Interactive workshop with multiple opportunities for small group discussion key concepts. Numerous case conferences with video excerpts and practical applications.

Completing the Uncurling the Cochlea workshop will contribute to 6 hours of QTC registered PD addressing standards 3 and 4 and also covering Standard Descriptors 1.1.2, 5.1.2, 5.5.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2

Workshop Dates:

Sydney: The Shepherd Centre Head Office

146 Burren Street, Newtown

(2 min walk from MacDonaldtown station).

Date: Monday, 19th October 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

Canberra: TQI Headquarters

170 Haydon Drive, Bruce ACT 2617

Date: Thursday, 22nd October 2020

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $275 pp, includes morning tea, lunch and training manual with multiple re-usable handouts

 

 

Additional courses are available on-demand or in combination for groups of 8 or more participants

 

Back on Track – How do we measure and address rates of progress in children with hearing loss?

Key Learnings:

• Describe current outcomes for children with hearing loss

• Utilise tools for measuring progress

• Utilise tools for managing hearing loss when accompanied by additional challenges

• Understand rates of progress

• Implement tools for social inclusion

• Apply methods to facilitate progress and meet parent expectations

• Reflect, discuss and evaluate complex cases

Course Details

Interactive workshop with multiple opportunities for small group discussion key concepts. Numerous case conferences with video excerpts and practical applications.

    

Completing the Back on Track: How do we measure and address rates of progress in children with hearing loss? Workshop will contribute 6 hours of QTC registered PD addressing Standards 3 and 4 and also Standard Descriptors 1.1.2; 3.1.2; 3.7.2; 4.1.2; 5.1.2; 6.3.2

Workshop Dates:

Date: Available on request (flexible)

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

No. of Participants: min 8 / max 30

Cost: $275 pp, includes evaluations, reflections and feedback

 

 

Unpacking the Challenges

Key Learnings:

• Explain long term outcomes for children with hearing loss

• Utilise tools for measuring rates of progress

• Recognise and describe additional factors that may inhibit progress for children with hearing loss

• Implement tools to assist management of hearing loss accompanied by additional challenges

• Identify key factors relevant to working in multidisciplinary teams in complex case management

• Reflect, discuss and evaluate complex

Course Details

Interactive workshop. Multiple opportunities for small group discussion of key concepts. Numerous case conferences with video excerpts and practical applications.

    

Completing the Unpacking the Challenges Workshop will contribute 6 hours of QTC registered PD addressing Standard 3 and also covering Standard Descriptors 1.1.2; 3.1.2; 3.4.2; 3.7.2; 5.1.2; 6.2.2; 6.3.2

Workshop Dates:

Date: Available on request (flexible)

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

No. of Participants: min 8 / max 30

Cost: $275 pp, includes evaluations, reflections and feedback

 

 

Bouncing with Babies – Setting our babies with hearing loss on paths for optimal success

Key Learnings:

• Best practices for assisting babies with hearing 2020

• Strategies for determining baby’s functional hearing loss and listening skills

• What steps to take next?

• What devices/when?

• Key practical components of sessions with infants

Course Details

Full-day course suited for professionals working with primary and high school students, infants and children with hearing loss. Interactive workshop. Multiple opportunities for small group practise of key concepts. Numerous case conferences with video excerpts and practical applications.

Completing Bouncing with Babies for supporting a child with hearing loss in your class will contribute 6 hours of QTC registered PD covering standard descriptors 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 3.7.2, 5.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2

Workshop Dates:

Date: Available on request (flexible)

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

No. of Participants: min 8 / max 30

Cost: $275 pp, includes evaluations, reflections and feedback

 

 

Combined Topic Workshop: Talking About Teleintervention & Facilitating Family Engagement

Key Learnings:

MORNING: Talking About Teleintervention Tactics

• Who can participate in Teleintervention?

• Overcoming Teleintervention challenges

• Practice in setting up successful sessions

AFTERNOON: Facilitating Family Engagement

• Exploring barriers to engagement?

• Practical strategies to enhance family engagement

• Assisting our CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) families

• Small group problem solving scenarios

Course Details

Full-day course suited for professionals working with primary and high school students, infants and children with hearing loss. Interactive workshop with multiple opportunities for small group discussion of key concepts. Numerous case conferences with video excerpts and practical applications.

Workshop Dates:

Date: Available on request (flexible)

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

No. of Participants: min 8 / max 30

Cost: $275 pp, includes evaluations, reflections and feedback

 

 

Professional Development for groups, or those in rural and remote locations

If you have 8 or more participants, all courses in this brochure can be scheduled flexibly ‘on demand’ at a convenient date and location. We can come to your school, office or clinic in metropolitan or regional/rural locations if your group meets minimum attendance numbers.

This option is a very cost effective way of upskilling all your team members. e.g., Participant numbers above 20 typically invoke a 50% reduction in costs /participant. Costs incurred in travel to Sydney are also avoided. Consistent positive feedback regarding enhancement of team building via participation in these regional workshops is an added bonus!

 

Feedback from Outreach Workshops in 2018 and 2019 was extremely positive:

 

“Loved the hands on strategies to encourage functional listening; the day provided us with excellent materials to incorporate into our professional practice.”

 

        “The Functional Listening Index provides a clear, easy to use monitoring tool that tracks children’s progress and highlights red flags, while also giving some lovely foundation knowledge and insights into how to conduct listening and spoken language sessions.”

       

“It was fantastic to critique videos both for identifying function levels in all areas as well as learning new teaching strategies.”

 

NSW teachers, working with students with hearing loss.

 

ALL INQUIRIES:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: (02) 9370 4400

 

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The Shepherd Centre is a not for profit organisation that aims to help children with hearing loss reach their full potential in listening, spoken language and social skill development. The Shepherd Centre is committed to providing valuable learning and professional development opportunities as part of our ongoing commitment of supporting positive outcomes for all children with hearing loss.

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