2015 Outcome Results
The aim of the Cora Barclay Centre is to help children who are deaf or hearing impaired achieve life-long social and emotional well-being and economic independence. The Centre provides evidence-based, multi-disciplinary services for children who are deaf or hearing impaired, the majority of whom are fitted with hearing aids, cochlear implants or other listening devices.
In 2010, the Cora Barclay Centre introduced a new standardised assessment protocol which assesses the speech, language and vocabulary development of children aged 9 months to 5 years enrolled in the Early Intervention Childhood Auditory-Verbal Therapy Program.
The protocol of the Cora Barclay Centre has been to extend the standardised assessment protocol to students of school age from 5 years to 18 years measuring progress at different ages. From 2015 all students on service were assessed using summative assessments at ages 5 years, 9 years and 12 years.
The Centre uses its own assessment data to:
- Obtain objective measurements of each child's speech and language development to inform their individual therapy plan
- Enable objective comparisons between children who are deaf or hearing impaired attending AVT programs at the Cora Barclay Centre and children with normal hearing of the same age in order to determine whether the spoken language skills are equivalent to their hearing peers.
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Cora Barclay Centre Therapy Programs
What do these assessment tools tell us?
These assessments show that children who are deaf or hearing impaired in the Cora Barclay Centre Auditory-Verbal Therapy Program in 2015 have:
- Over 70% of children in Early Intervention and Student Services achieved spoken language outcomes commensurate to their hearing peers
- Close to 80% of children in the Early Intervention Program achieved speech outcomes commensurate to their hearing peers
- The majority of children diagnosed after the age of 12 months had poorer speech and language outcomes compared to children diagnosed before 12 months of age
- Children diagnosed after 12 months of age when provided with ongoing support can continue to improve their spoken language and achieve outcomes within or above the average range.