October 1st, 2018
On 20 September, Prof. Johan Frijns (Department of Otorhinolaryngology, LUMC) and Yung-Ting visited CRRCHSI, the state-level rehabilitation center for hearing and speech impairment headquartered in Beijing, China. The tour in the center, led by the deputy directors Dr. Wei Liang and Dr. Liyan Wang, showed how children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) are actively supported and cared.
During the afternoon lecture (see poster shown on the rightmost above; click to enlarge), Johan shared with the audience the intervention procedures and rehabilitation programs administered at the LUMC, while Yung-Ting talked about her eye-tracking project on DHH children and the data collection in Taiwan.
The presentations provoked enthusiastic discussions among the professionals in the center, who also shared their experiences in China. In particular, the audience were interested in the policies and design of the intervention and rehabilitation programs for children and adults in the Netherlands and the effects of hearing devices and educational placement on DHH children’s social-emotional development. Johan and Yung-Ting also learned from the visit about the intensive, stepwise approach used in the center that puts together education, aural-verbal training, familial support, and audiological assessments.
The visit promoted the cross-cultural collaboration between our lab and the center on studying social-emotional functioning in DHH children, which is set to start next year.