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Community Paediatrics: behavioural assessment of children aged 8 months to 6 years

Behavioural assessment of young children is a cornerstone of audiological practice.  This stream is an opportunity for audiologists to brush up on these essential skills and gain insights into how we can engage effectively with younger clients and their families in the community.  It will review Behavioural Observation Audiometry (BOA), Visual Response Audiometry (VRA) free-field and with inserts Play Audiometry, and the Kendall Toy Test. It will offer tips and tricks when things don’t go to plan and what the next steps may be.  There will be practical training on commercially available equipment and simple tools for use in metropolitan and regional clinics or visiting sites.

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

1. Apply the broad principles of the Audiology Australia Paediatric Competency Standards, with detailed knowledge of the area of practice defined under “paediatric hearing assessment”. 

2. Determine appropriate tests and test order when assessing a child’s hearing, considering their state and/or interactions, developmental age and the clinical environment. 

3. Perform paediatric assessments accurately, using age-appropriate behavioural techniques.

4. Observe the child’s responses and adapt test techniques, engaging others to assist as required. 

5. Analyse and interpret test results and identify when additional follow-up, referral or electrophysiological testing is required.

meet the lead & presenters

Shaani Graves

Shaani Graves is Head of Audiology at Monash Health, commencing this role in 2009. She is responsible for the operational and strategic direction of the Audiological Services at Monash Health, the largest healthcare network in Victoria. As Monash Health has expanded across the Southeast of Melbourne, Shaani has overseen the design, construction and fit out of audiological facilities at three additional hospital locations. Shaani has extensive experience with infant and paediatric diagnostic audiology and also has an interest in clinical supervision and clinical educator support. She has collaborated with Audiology Australia and the TELL Centre to develop audiology specific supervision scenarios which are available to support audiology interns and clinical educators into the future. She has represented Audiology on a variety of Victorian Department of Health reference groups and is an active Victorian Diagnostic Audiology Group member. At the Audiology Australia 2023 Conference she co-authored the poster When to refer a challenging Child for Electrophysiological assessment under General Anaesthetic  which won the Best Clinical Poster Award and the People’s Choice Poster Award.

Stream Presenters

Jacqueline Niemann, Bernadette Hassett, Matthew Wilson, Tim Rayner
Lia Traves & Vesna Maric

Industry Support

Sonic Equipment, Natus

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coordinating workshop

This stream is paired with the Pre-Conference Workshop being held on Sunday 26 May 2024: The ABC of OAEs.

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We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, and their Elders past and present, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which The Sound Exchange 2024 is taking place.

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