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Telepractice in pedagogic audiological (re)habilitation practice


In cooperation with the Center for Hearing Loss, the Region of Southern Denmark, this project focusses on pros and cons of using telepractice in audiological (re)habilitation practice for children and young people. This idea originates in audiologic practice and its wish to increase the use of telepractice – a wish that has grown even more after the beginning of the corona crisis in March 2020. This very specialized practice is relatively centralized and therefore involves significant practical problems in the audiological habilitation of children and young people in remote areas such as Jutland, Langeland, Bornholm, Lolland etc. – since patients as well as practitioners face long travel hours. We expect that telepractice will be able to reduce audiological practitioners’ logistic problems concerning meeting children and young people with hearing disabilities, their relatives as well as other practitioners like pedagogues and teachers.

 

Besides technical aspects of treatment and guidance by means of telepractice there can also be aspects of the telepractice meeting that challenge or support a successful treatment practice. In this project we intend to identify these aspects by detailed examination via multimodal conversation analysis. Opportunities to keep children’s attention on a person who is available on a screen and to utilize objects – such as teaching resources – near the child are central topics. Other topics are the opportunity to instruct on parent-child interaction by way of video calls, both with regard to observing these interactions and to give advice. In our analysis we will examine how the participants in the telepractice meeting construe and respond to each other’s behavior. This will manifest in the temporal and sequential organized actions in the meeting.

 

The central data material contains video recordings of telepractice in pedagogic audiological (re)habilitation, and our main interest is on treatment of children and young people through guidance by caregivers. The project aims at incorporating a comparative element, involving analyses of face-to-face audiological practice. Additionally, we use interviews of the participants.

 

This project is in its preliminary stages.

 

Participant:

Catherine E. Brouwer

 

External participants:

Ula Henriksen Carl, Center of Hearing Loss

Flemming Wang Jensen, Center of Hearing Loss

 

Last Updated 13.10.2021