This is a long established Special Interest Group of the British Society of Audiology which is multidisciplinary in nature. Members of the group reflect all disciplines and professions who have an interest related to paediatric hearing impairment. These include Clinical and Educational Psychologists, Audiologists, Teachers of the Deaf, Educational Audiologists, Speech and Language therapists, Audio-Vestibular Physicians, Parent Charities and Academics with specialist interest in childhood hearing impairment and deafness. The range of activities can be large and of necessity we restrict our activities to key workstreams which we identify on an annual plan.
The main objectives of PAIG are:
- To develop evidenced based assessment and management practice guidance for paediatric Audiology
- To encourage clear communication across the inter-disciplines supporting a paediatric patient and provide practical information to facilitate this
- To establish a UK wide picture of paediatric Audiology service provision from the BSA membership and wider stakeholders
- To raise awareness within the professions of Paediatric Audiology and promote relevant research, disseminate commentary on new studies and provide lifelong learning for professionals through a range of CPD activities and empower change on a local level
The Special Interest Group is served by an elected committee which in turn is supported by an advisory group. As a interest group we are particularly keen to see younger members active and promoting this area of work. We also strive to have a committee that reflects the multidisciplinary and multiprofessional nature of the work.