The Speech Therapist is qualified in the aspects of speech and language intervention and development. The Therapist’s goal is to maximize the students’ potential to produce linguistic sounds and develop language so as to be able to communicate with the world around them.

The Speech therapist provides both direct and indirect services to the students of SSD. Direct services include speech and language assessments as well as therapy intervention via auditory training, auditory drills, language comprehension skills as well as voice and respiration training. Indirect services include the Collaborative Consultative Approach with teachers and caregivers to reinforce and build upon what has been carried out during the therapy sessions.

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Educational Audiology
Educational Audiology is almost as old as the profession of audiology itself. By late 1940s, many schools for the deaf employed audiologists whose main responsibilities were to test hearing and fit hearing aids.

The primary goals of the Educational Audiologist at SSD are to preserve the child's residual hearing and to maximise the child's residual hearing or auditory processing abilities.

Following are the services provided by the Educational Audiologist in Singapore School for the Deaf:
 

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Annual Audiological Evaluation of all students

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Develop test batteries that will be comprehensive and appropriate to the student population served

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Ensure that the students wear appropriate amplification systems and look after their maintenance

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Evaluate classroom acoustics

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Provide in-service to parents, teachers and students

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Counsel both parents and students

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Contribute to student placement

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Therapy for auditory rehabilitation

The Educational audiologist periodically conducts comprehensive audiological assessments for all students. A comprehensive test battery allows the educational audiologist to:

 

 

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Find out the degree to which the student can process incoming information auditority

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Compare students' performance with different systems

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Inform the teacher about what the student is able to perceive in the classroom setting, and

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Assist the teacher and speech/language pathologist in speech and auditory training programs

The Educational Audiologist also monitors the middle ear status. If outer and middle ear problems are suspected, he provides medical referrals to an Otolaryngologist (ENT Doctor).

The Educational Audiologist also monitors classroom acoustics, as well as monitoring and maintenance of personal hearing aids, classroom systems, the external devices of the cochlear implant including the speech processor and microphone and other assistive listening devices like FM systems and infra red systems, etc.

To make effective use of the Audiologist's time, monitoring is also done by the teachers. Monitoring includes daily listening checks. Periodic electro acoustic evaluations are needed as well.

The new staff are familiarised with the operating functions of the hearing aids and the use of the hearing aid maintenance kit which includes the battery tester, stetho clip and dry aid jar to check the performance of the hearing aids. Some simple first aid remedies for hearing aid problems are listed below.