August 29, 2011
USU students help hearing impaired kids in Vietnam
They also took with them thousands of dollars worth of hearing aids and other equipment to help treat Vietnamese children who have hearing loss.
The USU group was invited on the trip by Seattle-based Global Foundation for Children With Hearing Loss. Thirteen other audiology and deaf education professionals from around the country joined them to share their knowledge and latest techniques.
“They don’t have access to appropriate technology,” said Lauri Nelson, an associate professor in Utah State’s department of communicative disorders and deaf education. “There are no graduate training programs in Vietnam, so the teachers there don’t get specific training in how to work with kids with hearing loss.”
Ninety instructors from several dozen schools throughout Vietnam gathered in Ho Chi Minh City from June 23 to July 29 to learn the latest techniques from the U.S. hearing specialists.
Each day, the professionals worked with the Vietnamese instructors, lecturing and teaching the latest techniques in audiology training and deaf education.
“They were so gracious and so thankful that we could come,” said Jeanette Smoot, a USU speech language pathology graduate. “They just told us over and over again how excited they were.”
The group also met with several dozen families with hearing-impaired children. The children were fitted with new hearing aids. More…Posted by: psilberman