Book launch gives parents and professionals new tools to teach their deaf child

15/11/11
Dr Norm Erber and Professor Greg LeighDr Norm Erber’s latest book, ‘Auditory Communication for Deaf Children’, was launched at RIDBC

RIDBC Renwick Centre’s Conjoint Associate Professor, Dr Norm Erber, has launched his latest book, ‘Auditory Communication for Deaf Children’, at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Renwick Centre, Monday 14 November.

The book is a practical resource for teachers, parents, and health professionals seeking to understand the best way to communicate with a child who is hearing impaired.

Included in the book are strategies to help children with hearing loss maximise their listening skills and develop their spoken language.

“I began to write this book three years ago because I wanted to provide a resource for parents and professionals to assist children during their school years. Children with impaired hearing face a completely new set of challenges when learning to hear and communicate in noisy classrooms with teachers who cannot give them the one-on-one attention they received from their early intervention specialists,” said Dr Erber.

“It is unusual for a book like this to be presented in a conversational style which is accessible for families as well as professionals and academics. The book uses real-life experiences to help families learn realistic strategies to assist their child.”

Three new concepts are introduced in the book, providing a unique resource for parents and professionals.

“New hearing test procedures are explained, along with training for adults on how to develop the clear speech and language that will help their child understand them. Problem solving approaches are included specifically for children with a hearing loss - allowing them to resolve their own communication difficulties in the classroom.”

Dr Erber is a researcher and academic with over 40 years of experience in the field of education and habilitation of children and adults with hearing impairment.

He has developed many auditory assessment, therapy and training procedures for parents and teachers, and has achieved international acclaim as the creator of the hearing-loss simulator, HELOS. Dr Erber has published seven textbooks and over 80 scientific articles.

Dr Erber is Conjoint Associate Professor at RIDBC Renwick Centre. The Centre, which is operated in affiliation with the University of Newcastle, is the largest provider of postgraduate education programs in the field of education of children with a sensory disability in Australia and is among the largest and most widely recognised in the field throughout the world. The launch will be compered by RIDBC Renwick Centre Director, Professor Greg Leigh.

Guests will have the opportunity to hear from the author and purchase copies of the book, with light refreshments being served. To register your attendance, please contact Trudy Smith (02) 9872 0302.

Click here to purchase a copy of ‘Auditory Communication for Deaf Children’

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides vital support to over 1000 children with significant hearing and/or vision impairment and their families across Australia. As well, RIDBC provides vision and hearing screening to around 2000 babies and children each year.