A conference on “Critical Periods in Development and Hearing Loss in Early Childhood” was held by the European University of Lefke (EUL) Health Services Vocational School. Specialist Education Audiologist Ayten Yaşamsal attended the conference as a speaker, and it was mentioned which stages of development in early childhood are critical and hereditary and environmental factors affecting development.
In the conference where the importance of the early intervention approach, which is the current approach in the world, was explained, the necessity of an interdisciplinary approach in critical periods in early intervention and the importance of family participation in supporting development especially in the home environment were emphasized.
At the conference, it was also explained how hearing loss affects development negatively, and it was conveyed that the types and degrees of hearing loss and that individuals with hearing loss can acquire language and language skills thanks to the early intervention approach.
At the end of the presentation, examples of various development materials that can contribute to many areas of development, that families can easily apply in their home environment and that are accessible to everyone, were also shown.