If a hearing child has a problem communicating, speech and language therapists can often identify that problem quickly and make sure that the child’s needs are met. But for deaf children, who might use spoken or sign language, it isn’t as straightforward.
Sign language testing is beginning to change that. By identifying a signing deaf child’s strengths and development needs, families and schools can find the best placements, language models and interventions for the child.
Professor Rosalind Herman has led the development of the first sign language tests for deaf children. In her inaugural presentation, she will talk about the process of creating these tests, the children whose lives have been changed by access to sign language testing, and the wider implications of testing children’s sign language development.
This event is part of the School of Health Sciences Deans Lecture Series. We are hoping to deliver the event both in person and online. A BSL interpreter and live captioning will be available during the event. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to attend in person or participate online. Joining instructions will be sent prior to the event.
If you are attending the event in person the venue is Room LG001, Bayes Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8TZ.
If you are participating online, you will need a Zoom account and the joining details will be sent to you the week of the event.
About the Speaker:
Professor Rosalind Herman is Professor of Child Language and Deafness at the Division of Language and Communication Science, City, University of London. Her research interests include signed language acquisition and assessment; language impairments in signed language; literacy development and reading interventions in deaf children and children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and communication interventions with deaf people. She is a Research Associate at the Deafness, Cognition and Language research centre (DCAL), at University College London. She has recently completed a European project to develop online training for deaf language specialists and is currently co-investigator on a study exploring predictors of reading in preschool deaf and hearing children.
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