Greg and his co-researchers, Professors Teresa Ching and Linda Cupples, focused on the developmental outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing at the Beyond Speech workshop.
The trio shared their findings in this forum for the second year running.
This year, they presented a subset of data from the LOCHI Study—a population-based longitudinal study that prospectively evaluates the development of a group of Australian children with hearing loss as they grow up.
This data points to the connection between a child’s quality of life and their psychosocial outcomes and language development.
‘Language development is about much more than “test-focused” linguistic abilities. A child’s abilities to communicate in social interactions and comprehend in different environments are just as important,’ says Greg.
Greg explained that the Beyond Speech: Roads to Effective Communication project is an excellent example of collaboration in the sector.
“Opportunities like this are fantastic ways to harness the collective knowledge of researchers and work collaboratively to advance the outcomes of children who are deaf and hard of hearing,” he says.
Our highly regarded NextSense research team and research partners are committed to collaborating with and contributing to projects, such as Beyond Speech: Roads to Effective Communication, to advance our sector’s understanding of the experiences and needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.
These contributions are just one of the ways we work to optimise the communication outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing now, and in the future.