Bite-size training for summer 2024

We are delighted to announce summer dates for our free online bite-size learning opportunities for deaf education professionals.

Each online session will include an introduction to the topic, time for discussion and a take-home summary of the session. These sessions are all free of charge, and provide a great bite-size opportunity to network and share good practice!

Wednesday 26th June, 4-4.30pm – An overview of the information and advice section of the new NICE guidelines on otitis media with effusion (OME) in under 12s, and suggestions for resources available to help you support families and early years settings.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published new guidelines on otitis media with effusion in under 12s last August. The previous guidelines were published fifteen years before in 2008. The new guidelines include a change in terminology from a period of ‘Watchful Waiting’ to ‘Monitoring and Support’. Given that 80% of children will have glue ear on at least one occasion by the age of four, this session will consider the advice that families need to promote positive outcomes for young children with a fluctuating temporary hearing loss caused by glue ear.

Thursday 11th July, 8.30-9.00am – Let’s talk about the Ling-Madell-Hewitt (LMH) Test Battery
This session will provide an introduction to the LMH Test Battery and what led to its development. We will consider what the LMH may tell us about a child’s access to the sounds of speech and how this information could be used to inform our conversations with audiologists.

Thursday 18th July, 8.30 – 9.00am – An overview of the CELF-5 language assessment with particular reference to assessing pragmatic skills (please note that this is a repeat of the bite-size CELF session delivered in the spring term. This session will look at the potential for using the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals 5 (CELF-5) to assess the language of deaf learners from age 5 to 21 years. The CELF-5 allows us to assess deaf learners’ language holistically giving an overview of areas of strength and challenge. The updated CELF-5 has two additional sections to assess deaf learners’ pragmatics skills. The Pragmatics Profile is a checklist of speech intentions and the Pragmatics Activity Checklist provides activities to set up and use with the child, providing opportunities to observe what pragmatic skills they have and how they use these pragmatic skills. This bite-size session will give an overview of the CELF, with particular reference to the assessment of deaf learners’ pragmatic skills.

Please email our Education Advisor Carole at to book your free place. Please indicate in your email which event(s) you would like to attend (why not come to all three?!). We look forward to hearing from you!