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Short Courses

We offer a range of short courses.  We can deliver these on our site in Newbury, or, depending on the number of candidates, we can come to you.  If you are interested in any of the following courses, please get in touch and we will let you know of the next scheduled date.  If you have a group of people who would like to train, we will do our best to arrange a date to suit you.

Bespoke training

In addition to all our short courses on offer below, our team of highly experienced professionals within the Professional Courses department is able to offer a wide range of bespoke training to meet your professional development needs.

Bespoke training is:

  • More cost-effective
  • More time-efficient
  • Delivered in your workplace
  • Tailored to your specific needs

Training is offered in:

Audiology

  • BSA certificated courses
  • Pure Tone Audiometry and Tympanometry
  • Otoscopy and Impression taking for service users over age 5

Non-certificated courses and refreshers

  • Audiometric procedures
  • Masking
  • Speech-in-noise testing

Language development

  • Assessment & target setting: including training in the use of specific language tests
  • Analysis of speech & grammar
  • Deafness and additional speech and language difficulties
  • Speech acoustics

Educational issues

  • Successful inclusion strategies
  • Curriculum differentiation
  • Supporting children who are deaf and have complex needs
  • Social and emotional development

If your team is small, why not join up with another service for a joint day of training?
We can also offer specific consultancy and advisory input, please get in touch to discuss your requirements further.

Short Courses

Click on the links below for information about each course

New Reynell Developmental Language Scaled (NRDLS)

OverviewSuitable for Teachers of the Deaf (working within Early Years KS1)Duration: 1 dayThe NRDLS is the fourth edition of a standardised UK assessment developed for hearing children of 3 to 7.5 years of age.  The test provides information relating to both expressive and receptive language ability and is widely used by Teachers of the Deaf and Speech and Language Therapists.  The course will enable you to become familiar with:The practical delivery of the test with young childrenThe interpretation of resultsThe use of the test to track progress and inform target settingThese issues will be addressed specifically in relation to the young child who is deaf. 

Overview

Suitable for Teachers of the Deaf (working within Early Years KS1)

Duration: 1 day

The NRDLS is the fourth edition of a standardised UK assessment developed for hearing children of 3 to 7.5 years of age.  The test provides information relating to both expressive and receptive language ability and is widely used by Teachers of the Deaf and Speech and Language Therapists.  The course will enable you to become familiar with:

  • The practical delivery of the test with young children
  • The interpretation of results
  • The use of the test to track progress and inform target setting

These issues will be addressed specifically in relation to the young child who is deaf.

 

Assessment of comprehension and expression (ACE) 6-11

OverviewSuitable for Teachers of the Deaf (working within KS2/early KS3)Duration: 1 dayThe ACE 6-11 test is a fully standardised and comprehensive UK test of language development for hearing children of between 6 and 1 years of age.  It is widely used by Teachers of the Deaf and Speech and Language Therapists who work with children who are deaf.  This training course will enable you:To become familiar with all the different ACE subtestsTo both administer and score the test correctlyThe course will also address how this test can be used to monitor language development and inform target setting in children who are deaf. 

Overview

Suitable for Teachers of the Deaf (working within KS2/early KS3)

Duration: 1 day

The ACE 6-11 test is a fully standardised and comprehensive UK test of language development for hearing children of between 6 and 1 years of age.  It is widely used by Teachers of the Deaf and Speech and Language Therapists who work with children who are deaf.  This training course will enable you:

  • To become familiar with all the different ACE subtests
  • To both administer and score the test correctly

The course will also address how this test can be used to monitor language development and inform target setting in children who are deaf.

 

Standardised language assessments

OverviewThese courses are intended to enable you to become familiar with the use of standardised language assessments for deaf children.  You may decide to come to one or both of these courses if you have a copy of the test(s) but do not feel confident in using t/them, or because you are in need of a comprehensive tool for monitoring the language skills of the children on your case load and would like to find out more.  Both courses are available at Mary Hare School, Newbury.  Costs on application. 

Overview

These courses are intended to enable you to become familiar with the use of standardised language assessments for deaf children.  You may decide to come to one or both of these courses if you have a copy of the test(s) but do not feel confident in using t/them, or because you are in need of a comprehensive tool for monitoring the language skills of the children on your case load and would like to find out more.  Both courses are available at Mary Hare School, Newbury.  Costs on application.

 

Pure Tone Audiometry and Masking

OverviewSuitable for Teachers of the Deaf (particularly those still in training), Learning Support Assistants or any professional who needs to use this piece of equipment.This is a 2 day course for professionals who are already competent in air and bone conduction audiometry and would like to practice the 3 rules of masking.  The 2 days will include the BSA recommended procedure for masking, interpretation of audiometry and audiograms, masking charts and plateaus and practical sessions on an audiometer and OTIS virtual patient.It is recommended that delegates who are new to masking and undertake this course, will be using masking routinely as part of their job role, and will have some period of supervised practice following the course to ensure skills are maintained.CostTwo day course £170

Overview

Suitable for Teachers of the Deaf (particularly those still in training), Learning Support Assistants or any professional who needs to use this piece of equipment.

This is a 2 day course for professionals who are already competent in air and bone conduction audiometry and would like to practice the 3 rules of masking.  The 2 days will include the BSA recommended procedure for masking, interpretation of audiometry and audiograms, masking charts and plateaus and practical sessions on an audiometer and OTIS virtual patient.

It is recommended that delegates who are new to masking and undertake this course, will be using masking routinely as part of their job role, and will have some period of supervised practice following the course to ensure skills are maintained.

Cost

Two day course £170

Earmoulds and impression taking refresher course

OverviewOne day refresher course in otoscopy and impression taking to BSA standards and earmould acoustics.  This refresher course is suitable for any professional who is already trained in impression taking and who takes, or is due to take impressions routinely in their service.CostOne day course £110

Overview

One day refresher course in otoscopy and impression taking to BSA standards and earmould acoustics.  This refresher course is suitable for any professional who is already trained in impression taking and who takes, or is due to take impressions routinely in their service.


Cost

One day course £110

Early Years Audiological Management

OverviewThis one day workshop is aimed at professionals working with families of pre-school children who are deaf.We will be exploring:Development of knowledge about newborn hearing screening and identification of deafnessUnderstanding of the impact of early audiological intervention on the developing deaf child and their familyImplications of one’s professional roleHow?interactive teaching sessionspractical activitiessharing of good practicessignposting to resourcesThe course tutor has experience and expertise in clinical audiology, education of the deaf and early intervention. 

Overview

This one day workshop is aimed at professionals working with families of pre-school children who are deaf.

We will be exploring:

  • Development of knowledge about newborn hearing screening and identification of deafness
  • Understanding of the impact of early audiological intervention on the developing deaf child and their family
  • Implications of one’s professional role

How?

  • interactive teaching sessions
  • practical activities
  • sharing of good practices
  • signposting to resources

The course tutor has experience and expertise in clinical audiology, education of the deaf and early intervention.

 

Deafness and Additional Needs

OverviewThis one day workshop is aimed at professionals working with deaf young people either in mainstream or specialist provision.We will be exploring:Developing awareness of the incidence and range of additional needs that can accompany deafnessUnderstanding the impact of additional needs upon the developing deaf child Exploring effective audiological management and assessment of hearing lossHow?interactive teaching sessions workshopspractical activitiessharing of good practicesignposting to resourcesThe course is delivered by Teachers of the Deaf who have experience of working with families and children who have additional/complex needs alongside other professionals.  

Overview

This one day workshop is aimed at professionals working with deaf young people either in mainstream or specialist provision.

We will be exploring:

  • Developing awareness of the incidence and range of additional needs that can accompany deafness
  • Understanding the impact of additional needs upon the developing deaf child 
  • Exploring effective audiological management and assessment of hearing loss

How?

  • interactive teaching sessions 
  • workshops
  • practical activities
  • sharing of good practice
  • signposting to resources

The course is delivered by Teachers of the Deaf who have experience of working with families and children who have additional/complex needs alongside other professionals.

 

 

BSA Certificate in Otoscopy and Impression Taking (Children over 5 years)

OverviewThis course is suitable for Teachers of the Deaf, Educational Audiologists, Registered Hearing Aid Dispensers.Training for otoscopy and impression taking (to British Society of Audiology standards).The day includes basic anatomy and physiology, what to look for on otoscopy and practical skills in otoscopy and impression taking to BSA standards.  Delegates who complete the training will be required to pass a practical and written assessment before they obtain the certificate of practice.  The practical assessment is undertaken on the day, and the written assessment is taken away as homework to be completed within 4 weeks of the course.  The course is 8-9 hours over one day including the practical assessment.Cost1 day course, £200 + VAT

Overview

This course is suitable for Teachers of the Deaf, Educational Audiologists, Registered Hearing Aid Dispensers.

Training for otoscopy and impression taking (to British Society of Audiology standards).

The day includes basic anatomy and physiology, what to look for on otoscopy and practical skills in otoscopy and impression taking to BSA standards.  Delegates who complete the training will be required to pass a practical and written assessment before they obtain the certificate of practice.  The practical assessment is undertaken on the day, and the written assessment is taken away as homework to be completed within 4 weeks of the course.  The course is 8-9 hours over one day including the practical assessment.

Cost

1 day course, £200 + VAT

BSA Certificate in Basic Audiometry and Tympanometry

Course overviewThis course is suitable for GP’s, School Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Teacher of the Deaf and Educational Audiologists.This course is designed for professionals in healthcare and education, who are not qualified audiologists, but who wish to carry out tympanometry and pure tone audiometry as part of their service. This course includes:Anatomy and physiologyOtoscop interpretationAir and bone conduction audiometry (theory and interpretation)Tympanometry (theory and interpretation)Physics of soundAir conduction audiometry (practical)Otoscopy (practical)Tympanometry (practical)CostThis is a 3 day course £600 + VATDelegates who complete the training must pass a practical assessment in otoscopy, air conduction audiometry and tympanometry to gain their certificate. 

Course overview

This course is suitable for GP’s, School Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Teacher of the Deaf and Educational Audiologists.

This course is designed for professionals in healthcare and education, who are not qualified audiologists, but who wish to carry out tympanometry and pure tone audiometry as part of their service. 

This course includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Otoscop interpretation
  • Air and bone conduction audiometry (theory and interpretation)
  • Tympanometry (theory and interpretation)
  • Physics of sound
  • Air conduction audiometry (practical)
  • Otoscopy (practical)
  • Tympanometry (practical)

Cost

This is a 3 day course £600 + VAT

Delegates who complete the training must pass a practical assessment in otoscopy, air conduction audiometry and tympanometry to gain their certificate.