The Talented FM:  Broaden your accommodations for ASD & ADHD

The Talented FM: Broaden your accommodations for ASD & ADHD

Must I have a hearing loss to benefit from an FM system? The answer to this question increasingly NO! An FM system is a truly talented device, and its uses are far and wide. In previous entries we introduced the idea that individuals with auditory processing disorders could gain valuable speech understanding (especially in noise), reduce listening strain, and increase focus with the aid of an FM system. Research by Schafer and others** investigated the efficacy of using an FM system with individuals that have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When compared to typically functioning peers, those with ASD and ADHD had poorer than average speech recognition in noise. Summarized below are the findings/benefits of providing FM to those with ASD or ADHD: 1. with FM utilized:  average speech recognition in noise comparable to normally functioning peers 2. with FM utilized: increase of on task behavior 3. with FM utilized: significant improvement in average listening behavior   If you would like to read the research in its entirety or have questions email me at: bill.bielski@phonak.com   **Personal FM systems for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): an initial investigation.  ...
Auditory Processing Disorders and FM Systems

Auditory Processing Disorders and FM Systems

For many years FM systems were used primarily for individuals that had a hearing impairment. In recent years, research has shown how an FM system can lend benefit to individuals with other difficulties, for example, auditory processing disorder (APD). A study by Johnston and others entitled, ” Multiple benefits of personal FM system use by children with auditory processing disorder (APD)”, documented these findings. Among the results of FM use were:  speech perception improvement in noisy classroom environment  significant academic and psycho-social benefits  after prolonged FM use, even unaided (no FM device) speech-perception performance was improved in the children with APD, suggesting the possibility of fundamentally enhanced auditory system function     If you’d like to read the findings in their entirety, or have another question, send me an email at: bill.bielski@phonak.com...
Disability Accommodation Resources

Disability Accommodation Resources

While the Phonak Work Life team is primarily focused on providing education and recommendation for hearing accommodations in the classroom and workplace, we wanted to pass along some additional resources. Finding a complete list of resources can be time consuming and frustrating. With that in mind we have compiled a listing of disability resources, not just for hearing loss, that can assist you in making better accommodation choices for your students and employees:   Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) – https://www.ahead.org/   American Association of People with Disabilities – http://www.aapd.com/   Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) – http://www.hearingloss.org/   Job Accommodation Network – https://askjan.org/   National Association of the Deaf – http://nad.org/   National Organization on Disability – http://nod.org/   Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) – http://www.cosdonline.org/  ...