Tech Trends: Tech help for deaf children

 

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The holidays can be a tough time for families with deaf children.

Tech Trends reporter Gabe Slate shows how the iPad and new technology are helping deaf children.

WEB LINKS:

Product website: http://www.listenspeaklearn.org/

MORE INFORMATION:

Apple is very committed to accessibility as recently expressed by Tim Cook – see  his tweets addressing inclusion and disabilities. 

Tim Cook joins the “Just Say Hi” campaign with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, addressing the uneasiness and hesitation some might feel around people with disabilities. Please watch and share the video! http://yourcpf.org/just-say-hi/tim-cook/ (or embeddable YouTube link), which was shot using the new iPhone 6s Plus, or view it in the Just Say Hi app on the App Store. Siri, Apple’s intelligent assistant, helps people send messages, place phone calls, schedule meetings, and you can even ask Siri to turn on accessibility features like VoiceOver. Last night, Tim is also receiving the Robert F. Kennedy Center Justice & Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award.

Key Facts around deafness:

  • About 2-4 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf (Hearing Loss Association of America).
  • More than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents (NIDCD)
  • All newborns in the US are screened at birth for hearing loss, so that early interventions such as cochlear implants and speech and language therapy can begin as early as possible. 
  • The first three years after your child is born is a critical time for the development of speech and language

 

  • iPad is a phenomenon for children and adults, we’ve seen countless stories and heard from many parents and teachers about how they use iPad to communicate and teach children in incredible new ways.
    • iPad offers a variety of features to aid users with its incredibly thin and light design that makes it easy to hold and convenient to carry. 

 

  • Apple deeply believes in designing our products to surprise and delight everyone who uses them. 
  • Intuitive by design, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, Macs, iPod touch and Apple TV come with assistive features that allow people of all abilities to experience the fun and function of the Apple ecosystem. With these innovative technologies built right in, Apple products become powerful and affordable assistive devices.
  • Apple accessibility features for deaf or hard of hearing include: FaceTime video calls, closed captions, Mono Audio, LED Flash for Alerts, and Made for iPhone hearing aids. To learn more about iOS accessibility visit: https://www.apple.com/accessibility/ios/#hearing
  • The team at Apple goes to extraordinary lengths to make our products accessible to people with various disabilities from visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, to those with physical and motor challenges, autism and learning disabilities.
  • With more than 850,000 native iPad apps available, 1.5 million apps in the App Store, there are extraordinary ways those of all abilities can use iOS devices. 

 

 

“BabyTalk”- Welcome to the Magic of Tele-Therapy via the iPad

WCC is located in Silicon Valley where so many innovations in technology have been created and have become a daily presence in our lives. Can we even imagine getting through a single day without reaching for our cell phones, checking email on our infinite variety of mobile devices, or sitting down at our computers to do our work, or staying in touch with families and friends by Skype, or checking Instagram for new photographs that bring loved ones near to us? The answer is obviously “NO” because technology is second nature to us on a daily basis!

It is so exciting that because of a generous gift from a local funder, that WCC and Stanford School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery have come together to form a partnership to offer Tele-Therapy to parents of newly diagnosed babies with hearing loss, using the iPad’s FaceTime programming capabilities.  This new innovative program is the first of its kind in California and is offering weekly access to our highly skilled therapist that will offer a Parent Coaching model of early intervention for families who live too far away to actually come to WCC, at no financial obligation to families.

BabyTalk is an outreach program for families in Northern California who choose a listening and spoken language option for their child with a diagnosed hearing loss. The program includes direct consultation with professionals such as audiologists, social workers, deaf educators and speech pathologists. When a family becomes a part of BabyTalk, they are invited to come to stay at the Leahea Grammatico    Family Center overnight to meet their therapist and our social worker, have a tour of the school, and receive their iPad with practice on how to use the technology. After this first site visit they will have a weekly parent lesson provided in the family’s home via the internet using the iPad FaceTime feature. Each therapist at WCC also has an iPad in her therapy room, and at the assigned time for therapy, they connect and begin their Parent Coaching session just as if they were meeting face to face at the school.

This kind of innovation allows parents to access our highly skilled therapist regardless of how far away they may live.  Currently, we are serving babies and their families from Monterey all the way up to the Oregon border. This is a blessing to those fam

ire and need to have our highly skilled Parent Infant services.  We are offering the BabyTalk therapy in English and in Spanish and hope to expand the number of babies we can serve.With Tele-Therapy, there are no boundaries and no distances that can’t be breached, because our WCC therapists are now as close as a touch on your iPad!  We are so grateful to the Giannini Foundation for their generosity in supporting the BabyTalk Program.

 

WCC also has an iPad in her therapy room, and at the assigned time for therapy, they connect and begin their Parent Coaching session just as if they were meeting face to face at the school.

This kind of innovation allows parents to access our highly skilled therapist regardless of how far away they may live.  Currently we are serving babies and their families from Monterey all the way up to the Oregon border. This is a blessing to those families who could not drive many hours for a therapy session, but who still have that same desire and need to have our highly skilled Parent Infant services.  We are offering the BabyTalk therapy in English and in Spanish and hope to expand the number of babies we can serve.With Tele-Therapy, there are no boundaries and no distances that can’t be breached, because our WCC therapists are now as close as a touch on your iPad!  We are so grateful to the Giannini Foundation for their generosity in supporting the BabyTalk Program.

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