ISLAMABAD: A workshop on auditory verbal approach was conducted on Wednesday at National Institute for Rehabilitation Medicines Islamabad. The purpose of conducting workshop was to provide a public awareness of hearing loss and to provide a forum for a wider discussion of significant issues of auditory verbal approach. The workshop was organized by ENT and the speech therapy department National Institute for Rehabilitation Medicines, Pakistan cochlear implant team and Medell.
The program was initiated with the recitation of the holy Quran .
Dr. Jehanzeb khan Aurakzai Director National Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, served as chief guest. He gave a welcome speech for the guest speakers and the participants to begin the session. Project Director MRDEA and Director National Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (NIRM) Dr, Jehanzeb Khan Aurakzai informed that they are providing assistance for people with disabilities (Physical, Intellectual, Speech and Language impairments) in the earthquake affected areas.
He mentioned that enablement is convinced that the role of people with disabilities with in the field of development and rehabilitation should become more prominent than it has been so far. Promising developments related to advocacy and emancipation of people with disabilities are taking place in many parts of the world. These changes require increasingly innovative professionals who can and will be able to adapt the changing nature of their role in this filed. He stressed the PWDs to prove themselves more productive for the nation and country by playing a practical role in the National Development Program.
The guest speakers were Madam Elizabeth Tyszkiewicz an auditory verbal therapist and Madam Lindsay Allen a Specialist Speech and Language therapist, Birmingham children’s hospital cochlear implant programme. Sayeda Mehmoona shah carried out the comparing for the workshop procedure.
Dr. Mustafa Kamal Usmani briefed about the history, present status and functioning of NIRM. He outlined the contribution that it provided in terms of practical training sessions in speech and language therapy offered to speech therapy diploma students, and consultation, assessment and intervention provided to the disabled.
Dr. Irfan Ahmad, audiologist national special education centre for hearing impaired children and member cochlear implant team, gave introduction of auditory verbal therapy and auditory skills. Lectures on auditory verbal approach were given by Elizabeth Tyszkiewicz an auditory verbal therapist and Madam Lindsay Allen a Specialist Speech and Language therapist.
Vote of thanks was presented in the honour of the guests by Madam Sadaf noveen, incharge speech and language therapy department, NIRM. I05 people including speech therapists of special education centres, parents Special education teachers and faculty members attended the workshop and appreciated the efforts of NIRM Pakistan cochlear implant team and Medal for organizing a successful ceremony and providing vital information on the topic.-SANA