University of Edinburgh

Evaluating Listening Skills and Speech Production Skills after Cochlear Implantation

Presented on Thursday, 18th February 2016


In order to support children and families through the process of cochlear implantation (CI) it is necessary to be able to evaluate the level the child has reached in terms of using their listening skills and how this will affect their speech production skills.

Normal expected range of development in children with cochlear implants was looked at and how to identify any mismatch of skills. It is well documented that the 'hearing brain' needs to be used to allow auditory processing which, in turn, will ensure the child's articulation of speech sounds is as expected given their stage of development.

This course looked at these issues more closely as well as factors that may mean speech production is not as expected. The course established how to evaluate what is normal development after CI and what to do if a child is not following this developmental pattern. Participants were able to practise analysing atypical development of speech.

Participants said:

'Lots of ideas for activities, resources. Clarification of what to expect. Very positive event. I really enjoyed seeing the clips of children's progress.'

'Will use with pupils, especially P1 pupil. Has enhanced my expertise.'

Target Audience

Teachers of deaf children, mainstream teachers, speech and language therapists, support staff, early years workers, and parents.


Agnes Allen, Jane Gallacher, Janette Joyce and Carolyn McMillan, Cochlear Implant Team, Crosshouse


10.45 am Speech Acoustics (pdf) by Agnes Allen

11.30 am Functional Listening and Speech Perception (pdf) by Janette Joyce

1.15 pm Speech production theory (normal development vs deviant development)(pdf) by Jane Gallacher

1.45 pm Practical Resources

2 pm Link to Literacy (pdf) by Janette Joyce

2.30 Case Studies

3.30 pm Discussion and Course evaluation