Terms and Conditions (FLI-P®)

Functional Listening Index – Paediatric (FLI-P®) – Conditions of Use

The Functional Listening Index for Paediatric (FLI-P® ) has been designed to assist the tracking and monitoring of a child’s listening skills in everyday situations. It has been developed for parents, caregivers and health professionals to use with children from birth through to 6 years of age. It is based on clinical research conducted by the HEARing CRC and The Shepherd Centre since 2013.

Instructions for Use:

  1. Complete each set of questions to indicate the child’s skill for each of the items, beginning at Item 1.1. Record the score, date of testing, child’s age in months and who completed the index. Map the child’s score on the FLI-P® listening trajectory chart to track their progress.
  2. The Index contains a list of questions about a child’s listening. Think about whether they ‘mostly’ or ‘rarely’ do these things. a. Mostly means the child does it regularly, in different places, with different people. b. Rarely means they have only done it sometimes, occasionally or not at all. Children learn listening skills in different ways that vary and depend on experience and exposure to words and sounds. As you go through the Index, even if a child ‘rarely’ does one of the items, they might ‘mostly’ be doing other items further down the list. Continue down the Index even if you are recording that the child ‘rarely’ does some items.
  3. Once you record 6 items in a row that are ‘rarely’ (or not) done, stop. Come back to the form in 2 to 3 months or sooner if you are concerned to check where the child is up to.
  4. When you return, start 4 items before the first ‘rarely’ answer. E.g., if your first ‘rarely’ answer is for item 18, next time, you’ll start at item 14.
  5. If you are unsure on any item, refer to the ‘Items Description’ handout, which will provide more information on each listening skill.
  6. As the FLI-P® is a measure of listening, it is important to remember not to use visual cues (such as lip reading, gestures, or looking at something) unless stated in the instructions.
  7. Remember its also okay for a child to score ‘rarely’s’. They will typically always reach a point where this is the case, so don’t be afraid to mark ‘rarely’. Those items will then give you good ideas of things you can be working on.
    • The User Guide provides further information to assist in using and completing the FLI™-P

The FLI-P® User Guide has further information and Frequently Asked Questions to help you use the Index. Please contact The Shepherd Centre [email protected] if you have questions or enquiries about use, research base, validation, or participation in current studies.

Use of the Functional Listening Index-Paediatric must be in line with the Conditions of Use (see below).

Conditions of Use for the Functional Listening Index – FLI™

The Shepherd Centre1 and the HEARing CRC2 (referred to after this as ‘we’ or ‘us’) have developed the Functional Listening Index assessment tools (which includes the Functional Listening Index-Paediatric; abbreviated as FLI™ and FLI-P®; referred to after this as ‘the tools’) to assist health professionals and families (referred to after this as ‘you’), who want to assess the listening skills of children. The intellectual property (copyright) contained in these tools is jointly owned by these parties.

Cochlear3 (the cochlear implant manufacturer) is supporting the development of these tools.

We provide you with a restricted license to use these tools subject to all of the following conditions:

  1. You accept that any use is at your own risk, without any warranty being provided by us or any liability accepted by us, as further described below.
  2. You may not reproduce these tools if you are a Cochlear competitor, as defined below.
  3. You accept that the intellectual property in these tools is owned by us and that your use of these tools does not provide you with any ownership or rights to these tools or to any derivatives of them.
  4. You will use the tools as written and not vary the text or the construction of the tools.
  5. You may not use these tools commercially unless you have our explicit permission in writing.
  6. If you make public data that is generated through the use of the tools you will appropriately acknowledge the FLI-P® on all materials, publications or presentations including that data.

No variation to these conditions is allowed without written permission. Any questions you have on the conditions for use of these tools should be sent to [email protected]

These tools have been developed based on professional experience with children with hearing loss and the development of their listening skills. Concurrent and convergent validation studies has been demonstrated against other measures and that it identifies the expected differences between groups of children with hearing loss. It has been shown to have predictive validity of children’s later language scores and found to be valuable in clinical management for children with hearing loss.

This is not a medical, nor diagnostic tool. It is not overseen by a health care regulator, nor assessed or approved by one. It does not provide health care advice.

We do not provide any warranty as to the suitability of these tools for any individual child nor the value of their use. Although it can provide information it cannot be used as a diagnostic for hearing loss or language development delays or disorders.

This tool will be modified as further research and experience develops in its use but we do not commit to continue to providing this tool or updates in its current form. Any use of these tools or incorporation into the clinical management of children is solely at your discretion. If you decide to use this tool you accept that this is done at your own risk and that we are not responsible for any consequences of that use, to the full extent allowed by law.

A Cochlear competitor is defined as:

  1. Any person, firm, corporation, partnership, joint venture, association or government agency that is engaged in (or has ownership or control of) any enterprise or business activity which competes directly with any business of Cochlear or of any Cochlear subsidiary; and
  2. Any manufacturer or distributor of remedial hearing devices, which include but are not limited to auditory brainstem implants, cochlear implants, bone conduction devices or middle ear devices.

1 The Shepherd Centre (ABN 61000699927), of 146 Burren St, Newtown NSW 20142, Australia
2 The HEARing CRC Limited (ABN 94123522725) of 550 Swanston St, Carlton Victoria 3053, Australia
3 Cochlear Limited (ABN 96002618073) of 1 University Avenue, Macquarie University NSW 2109, Australia

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