EARLY INTERVENTION FOR HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN - CA MAU
In October 2015, under the Grant of Working With Others, the Ca Mau Special School for Children with Disability successfully organized a training course on “Early Intervention for hearing impaired children” for 26 teachers and School Management Board members of the two Special Schools in Ca Mau province.
The main goals of this training were to enhance capacity of teachers who are working with hearing impaired children and to support teachers as to how to initially approach the early intervention programme for them. With the professional support from the speech therapist (Mr. Edward Van Os who has over 40 years experience of working with hearing impaired children in Holland and Ms. Nguyen Thanh Thu Thuy who used to be the Director of Thuan An Center for Children with Disability) the training course was successfully finished and achieved higher than expected results.
The theory sessions on Early Intervention and Conversation
The Training Programme was designed with the two main contents and the participants were divided into two groups – Early Intervention and Conversation.
After 7 days of piloting the new teaching method, hearing impaired students of 4 classes were able to understand how to start a conversation; they were allowed to share their ideas and teachers supported them by providing appropriate language based on the child interests (which was not allowed in the classroom before). According to the specialist’s evaluation, all the children made significant progress on communication and language understanding. Moreover, their speech became more natural and intelligible.
A teacher performs the Conversation session with hearing impaired children in preparatory class – Topic “My socks”
A teacher performs the Conversation session with hearing impaired children in the Year 1 class – Topic “I go home”
After the training, the Ca Mau Special School had a meeting on how to apply learnt knowledge into the school’s environment.
“Although Ca Mau Special School and Nhan Ai Center for Children with Disability are working in the same province each acted separately. Through the project of SCC, the 2 Sectors have had an opportunity to come together, get to know each other and as a consequence the Principals have been able to develop a plan to co-operate and experience exchanges in the future –‘this is one of the things that the two sectors could have been doing for 5 years’ said Ms. Nga – the Principal of Ca Mau Special School.
Ca Mau City, October 2015
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