ERIC Number: EJ996557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Hearing and Speech Centre--Telepractice Programs
Richardson, Loretta L.
Volta Review, v112 n3 p429-433 Win 2012
British Columbia (BC) is a vast province in Canada made up of several distinct geographic areas. Most of the province's population lives in a few metropolitan areas, with the greater Vancouver area being the largest. British Columbians living outside these areas must travel significant distances to see specialists of any kind. Treacherous winter driving conditions, limited and expensive air service, and costly ferry rides are a few of the challenges individuals face when accessing services only available in metropolitan areas. Although Children's Hearing and Speech Centre of BC (formerly the Vancouver Oral Centre) has provided a listening and spoken language option since 1963 for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, families who desired this option and the Centre's services were required to live in or relocate to the Vancouver area. In 2006, Children's Hearing and Speech Centre began providing direct services via telepractice to families of children birth to age 5 living outside of the greater Vancouver area. Telepractice has eliminated the constraints of geography in the choices parents make for their children with hearing loss. Both A Sound Move and Stepping Out have expanded the choices available to families from initial diagnosis through high school graduation. The telepractice initiatives at Children's Hearing and Speech Centre continue to be a work in progress with its success far surpassing the requisite glitches that come with advancing technology.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Children, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Listening, Oral Language, Therapy, Videoconferencing, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Distance Education, Financial Support, Enrollment, Program Effectiveness
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-337-5220; Fax: 202-337-8314; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.agbell.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada