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Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Large turn-out for Early Communication Intervention seminar

By Prof Alta Kritzinger

Posted on 07 September 2009


Filled to capacity, the annual seminar hosted by the Clinic for High-Risk Babies, attracted a crowd of more than 90 audiologists and speech-language therapists.

The seminar was held in the Department of Communication Pathology and consisted of seven different presentations by audiologists and speech-language therapists on contemporary issues in early communication intervention (ECI) practice. The seminar was also part of the department’s commitment to continuous professional development of audiologists and speech-language therapists.

The papers covered topics including: early signs of auditory processing difficulties, the latest research on late talkers, the importance of newborn hearing screening, the challenge of auditory neuropathy, a communication profile of young children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder and information sharing with parents. All presentations included practical guidelines on assessment and intervention, thereby attempting to contribute to the day-to-day practice issues of clinicians.

At the conclusion of the seminar a tribute was given to Prof Brenda Louw for her role in establishing the field of early communication intervention in South Africa and directing the Centre for Early Communication Intervention in the Department. Prof Louw is retiring at the end of September 2009.

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