The Basma Centre conducts Audiology training for its speech and language therapists
The Jerusalem Princess Basma Center conducted audiology training for 10 JPBC speech and language therapists. This training was delivered over 2 sessions and was led by an external audiology specialist.
The training provided therapists with the basics of Audiology assessment needs with an additional specific focus on children with a range of disabilities, including autism, ADHD and communication delays. Learning was a combination of theory sessions, group activities and practical training,
Dr. Adnan Shihabi, lecturer in audiology at Birzeit College, said that it is important for all therapists working in the field of speech and language therapy to have audiological assessment skills, as it is important to bridge the gap between assessment and therapy.
Tamara Hijazeen, the speech and language therapist at the Basma Centre, explained that it was urgent to add this service to the other services offered at the Child Rehabilitation Centre in JPBC: "For many children, the audiological assessment is delayed, which affects the therapeutic process. Now we can offer this service at the Basma Centre, and children will be able to access this service along with the Comprehensive Rehabilitation, which will improve the quality and accuracy of services and, of course, support children's progress.
It is worth mentioning that this training is part of the project "Strengthening the clinical capacity of the Jerusalem Princesses Basma Centre to provide quality services", generously funded by UNICEF and the Government of Norway. Within the same project, our team received hydrotherapy and sensory trainings in 2022.