Is there something wrong with my monitor earphones, because they stop working so often when I'm listening to a cochlear implant?
The Freedom CI processor's earphones automatically shut off after about 90 seconds to save power. Just press any button on the cochlear implant processor to re-activate the earphones. The new N5 processor does not shut off.
My student isn't able to complete tasks, integrate information, follow or understand class activities. Why?
Some students, although possessing reasonable language and literacy skills, may have difficulty with cognitive functions, which include executive behavours such as; the ability to plan, integrate, perceive, have capacity to consider more than two sources of information, and integrate these functions. Inadequate cognitive development and reduced cognitive abilities results in reduced learning and problem solving performance, which are important in navigating mainstream school and academic success.
What is the difference between practicing specific targeted speech sounds and practising speech through reading?
Targeted speech sound practice is useful when a person has difficulty producing segmentals (such as consonants or vowels), or suprasegmentals (such as rhythm, stress, intonation of speech). These skills need to be practiced before moving onto conversational speech. Only through developing 'motor memory' and producing correct sounds will students develop into achieving successful conversational speech.
Typically, reading aloud will not improve sound production for the student. Reading aloud, when practicing with a helper, will help with awareness of volume, phrasing, expression, as well as fluency and rate of speech - also important aspects of conversational speech.
I've plugged in the Freedom CI monitoring earphones and can't hear any sounds--is something wrong with the earbuds?
The Freedom CI will not recognize any External Accessories unless it is switched off first. It needs to "boot up" (turn on) with the earbuds (or any External Accessory) attached. Alternatively, you can cycle through the inputs by pressing simultaneously the +/- buttons together to cycle through a display of "T" (telecoil), then "M" (processor mic only), and then "EA" (the "EA" flashes briefly oh the display but does not remain on display--an "M" remains on display). The easiest way is to switch off the processor, plug in the monitoring earphones, and then turn on the processor to listen through the earbuds.