Assessment tools

Assessment tools available on the web are designed to evaluate various listening and communication skills for different age groups, ranging from childhood to adulthood. These tools can be utilized by professionals as well as families.

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We recognize importance of monitoring and evaluating the progress of hearing and communication development in individuals with cochlear implants. Our platform provides a wide range of resources designed to assist you in assessing various aspects of their journey. From specialized assessment tools to guidance questionnaires, we aim to equip you with the necessary tools and knowledge to track and optimize outcomes. Join our community and access valuable resources to support the growth and development of cochlear implant users at every stage.

Assessment tools

The Ling Sounds are designed to help test a child's hearing device and check that the child has access to the full range of sounds necessary to learn language. They are also a great tool for monitoring the function of your child's hearing device.

Track a Listening Child is a checklist of progressive skills along the path to developing spoken communication. Check them off when each milestone is reached and feel confident as your child progresses through each stage. This system supports you in targeting goals when you look ahead at individual areas for listening, language, speech, social, cognitive and general development. It also provides helpful suggestions for you, should you need additional support.

How to use the interaction / discussion sheets

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Professionals: Use this as a tool to highlight and reinforce parents’ good interactions, a prompt to aid discussion with families, as an informal framework for assessment and to share with interested professionals. Parents: Use this as a tool to self-evaluate and to reflect on the things you are doing that are helpful for your child, as well as to share with interested professionals.

You can use the Chit Chat sheets in various ways. You can give copies to family, friends and early-years professionals who see your child, to remind them of what they need to be doing to help your child with listening.

Conversation discussion sheets: You can use the discussion sheets as a rating scale to help you think about how often you are using the techniques recommended. This can be done with the help of your local professionals or other family members.

Learning to listen sounds words & phrases sheets: The Learning to Listen Sounds, Words and Phrases give you a few more ideas but please add your own and remember to have fun conversations about whatever comes up in daily life with your child.

Ling sound sheets: The Ling sounds can be used as a very quick daily listening check to make sure the technology is working.

Fridge-notes: You can stick the fridge-notes on the notice board or on the fridge to show everyone the listening strategies they can use. The “Magic moment…” and “Star quality…” notes are your chance to show off your great skills and your child’s progress.

First words record: can be used to record the first words your child will say, these will include single words, perhaps some frozen phrases and eventually true word combinations.

"Why use questionnaires?
We want to listen to parents and to find out what they think is important and / or needed in their child’s rehab."
- Clare Allen, LEAP author.

Parents: Use this as a tool to self-evaluate and to reflect on what you are doing that are helpful for your child and opportunities to move forward, as well as to share with interested professionals.


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