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Profile: Ulrike Ruelicke

Ulrike Rulicke is a mainstream school and special teacher who has focused on children with hearing loss throughout her career spanning more than three decades.

She received her first qualifications from the Pedagogical Academy in Graz, where she received her degree as secondary school teacher in German, Physical Education and Religion. She further expanded her qualifications in 1987-1990 by receiving a diploma in special pedagogy with a focus on teaching children with physical impairments. In the 1990s, this specialization was further deepened by U. Ruelicke into speech language pathology and counseling with a special focus on children and families with hearing loss.

Ms. Ruelicke’s career began in 1984 in Austria, where she taught in various special schools until 1992. Between 1992 and 2005 she worked with hearing-impaired children and adolescents in primary schools and early therapy centers in Switzerland. The partial integration class and audio-pedagogical early therapy office in Uster (Switzerland) operated under her leadership.

Since 2006 Ulrike has been at the head of the ‚dazugehoeren‘ (to belong and to hear) counseling center in Klosterneuburg near Vienna in northern Austria, where the emphasis is on hearing-impaired children, adolescents and adults.

In October 2008 her work was awarded with the Schmid-Giovannini Award.

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Profile: Isabel Monteiro

Isaisabelbel obtained her  Certification of Clinical Competence in SLP (CCC) from the University of Aveiro. She then passed the  International Certification “Professional Training in Auditory Verbal Therapy” by WE Listen International, Inc., coordinated by Professor Warren Eastbrooks.

Mrs. Monteiro has a Lectureship (as Adjunct Professor) at the Health School of the University of Aveiro. She is Executive Team Coordination of unit of auditory implants at CUF Hospital  (UIA – CUF Porto) – Oporto. She fulfils SLP functions – Cochlear Implants habilitation, by invitation ENT service of CUF Hospital in Oporto.

One of her achievements is the establishment and enhancement of a Community Based Consultation in SLP course of Health School of University of Aveiro in informal collaboration with the Hospital Center of Coimbra – ENT Service – Cochlear Implant Team.

Throughout her professional career, first as a speech therapist (since 1987) and then as a professor of higher education(since 1991) the author developed her interest in the field of communication disorders in children with hearing loss and their families and in a very incisive way in the development track that is early intervention.

In this research context, essentially during the last 3-4 years, the author sought to produce evaluation materials intervention in communication, hearing, speech and language, young children (0-6 years) and their families as well as their disclosure in academic, professional and scientific circles – in collaborative work with MED-EL Inc. and Cochlear Inc.

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Profile: Pedro Bras

pedroPedro Bras da Silva from Porto in Portugal is a Speech and Language Pathologist since 2000, and obtained his Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the School of Allied Health Technologies ,Polytechnic Institute of Oporto.

Between 2000 and 2003 he worked in several private clinics with deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) children. From October 2003 until August of 2008 he worked in public schools serving D/HH children and their families, using all kinds of communication options. During this period, he completed an exam in Portuguese Sign Language . Since 2008 until now he has been working with D/HH with listening and spoken language skills and with different hearing technologies. In 2004 he was invited to be Assistant Professor at the School of Allied Health Technologies in Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology, the position that he retains until now.

Between June 2011 and September 2012 he received a Certification from a Professional Education Program in Auditory -Verbal Practice approved by the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, supervised by professor Warren Estabrooks (LSLS Cert. AVT). Currently he is in a Certification Process to be LSLS (Listening and Spoken Language Specialist).

During the last few years, he has been making speeches in national and international conferences. Since 2014  he is a member of the Audition Department of the Speech and Language Scientific Society. He is also a consultant of two non-profit associations that support people with hearing loss.

Pedro lives near the beach, where he loves to walk with his wife and two girls.

 

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Profile: Eulalia Juan Pastor

laliEulalia Juan Pastor was born in Palma de Mallorca in Spain. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education (therapeutic pedagogy) in 1991 from the University of the Balearic Islands. In the same year, an SLP-CCC degree (Master’s in Language and Hearing Impairment) followed. Eulalia went on to specialize in hearing problems in children during a training course in 1997. In 2006 she obtained her post-graduate degree in Audiology from the University of Salamanca. In 2012 she received an international certificate in auditory verbal therapy in a course coordinated by Warren Estabrooks.

The professional pathway of Dr. Juan Pastor has run as follows:

1989-2015 – Associated Professor at the University of the Balearic Islands

1998-2015 – Clinical and technical specialist for first Spain then Portugal for Cochlear. She has been active in cochlear implantation rehabilitation since the first CI was implanted in Mallorca in 1989. In this capacity, she coordinated the first 3 multicentric studies in Spain together with Drs. Manrique, Ramos, Morera and García-Ibáñez

Dr. Juan Pastor also has a history of collaborating with the Lehnhardt Foundation while working on the HICEN and QESWHIC projects.

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Profile: Andreas Vonier

vonier1996 – 2001 education as deaf teacher, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich

2001 – 2004 participation in research project investigating the situation of CI-implanted children of deaf parents at the LMU

2001 – 2004 work as speech therapist for children with hearing and speech impairment, Bavarian professional union of people with hearing and speech impairment

2004 – 2006 teaching practice at Munich school for the hearing-impaired

2006 – 2008 special teacher at Landshut special pedagogy therapy center

Since 2008 special teacher at Munich hearing therapy center

  • 2008-2013 work in pedagogical-audiological counseling
  • 2012-2013 care of children with hearing loss in mainstream schools
  • technical support of students with use of classroom hearing systems
  • since 2011 – audiological testing at school enrollment

Since 2012 – employment in early therapy for children with hearing loss.

  • ongoing audiological control and counseling

Since 2016 – chairman of the Bavarian professional union of people with hearing and speech impairment

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Profile: Sandro Burdo

Sandro Burdo was born in Venice in 1951 and lives in Varese. Married to Nadia, he is father to three daughters (Claudia, Chiara, Bianca).

He graduated in Surgery and Medicine from the University of Milan, Italy, where he gained the specialization in Medical Audiology in 1981. During the first years of his career, he was Researcher at the Audiology Institute of Milan University, headed by Prof. M. Del Bo. Afterwards he was Scientific Coordinator of the Amplifon Research and Studies Centre for two years, and finally was asked by Varese’s Circolo Hospital to coordinate and then to direct the Audiovestibology Unit until 2010.

He made this unit a leader in Italy concerning deaf rehabilitation and one of the main European centers for cochlear implants, especially in pediatric age. In those years he performed over 1300 cochlear implant surgeries (more than 400 bilateral).

He was Professor at the Università degli Studi di Milano, at the Università La Sapienza, Rome, at the Università dell’Insubria, Varese, and consultant for the Italian Foreign Ministry, Italian Health Ministry, the Vatican Causae Sanctorum Congregatio, and Regione Lombardia. He was called as consultant to some primary companies (IBM, Amplifon, Amplaid, Phonak, Cochlear, Horentek) and he was court-appointed in Milan, Busto Arsizio and Varese.

He was Scientific Director of Fondazione Audiologica Varese onlus (www.audiologia.it), and now he is Scientific Responsible of the Italian Association ‘Free to Hear’ ( www.liberidisentire.it )

The main Italian media (RAI, Mediaset, RCS, Repubblica) have invited him as opinion leader to national broadcasts or for educational interviews.

He is the author of more than 150 publications, among which are 30 books or chapters. He presented more than 300 scientific communications in national and international congresses. (www.audiovestibologia.it)

His fields of interest are: auditory electrophysiology, surgery of the ear, cochlear implants, hearing aids and deaf rehabilitation.

At the moment he is Consultant Otologist and Cochlear Implant Surgeon at the Gruppo Otologico Piacenza (Otologic Group in Piacenza) and at the Children’s V. Buzzi Hospital in Milan, keeping his non-surgical professional activity in Varese.

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Profile: Claudia Bielefeld

claudiaClaudia Bielefeld was educated at the University of Cologne in hearing-impaired and special pedagogy. She graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s paper on ‘Phonological Awareness in Hearing-Impaired Children in Special Schools’. Between the commencement of her study in 2003 and 2015, when she completed the intensive course on sign language at the Stegen Education and Counseling Center for the Hearing-Impaired, she attended more than seven courses on the subject in German centers of excellence for educating special teachers. In 2008-2009 she had a clerkship at the Stegen Center and the special school in the Hochschwarzwald therapy center, focusing on systemic counseling in early education for hearing-impaired children. In 2009-2010 she worked as audiologist and teacher at the Hearing and Speech School of the Basel canton in Switzerland, with a primary stress on bimodal teaching and single-point integration. Claudia did a brief stint as special teacher in Ried, after which in 2010 she conducted a course on creating a system for training teachers on incorporating sign language into school routines with hearing impaired children.

Since 2010 she holds the position of special teacher at the Stegen Center. Additionally, she is a member of the executive council of the trade union of German teachers of the hearing-impaired in the federative land of Baden-Württemberg, and since 2013 Associate Professor in sign language at the Freiburg Catholic High School. She chairs countless other projects and currently lives in Freiburg.

Whenever Claudia gets time off work, she spends it travelling, jogging, kayaking, speed cycling, reading and cooking.

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Profile: Cornelia Tsirigotis

Cornelia TsirigotisCornelia Tsirigotis is a speech and language pathologist, systemic family therapist, pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist and professional supervisor.

From 1985 to 2010 she amassed her work experience at a competence center with a therapeutic emphasis on hearing and communication in Aachen. Particular focus was placed onto early intervention (since 1992) and the coordination of pediatric work of the Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation Center in Rheinland (2000-2010).

In 2010-2014 Mr. Tsirigotis led the interregional counseling and therapy center with a focus on hearing called ‚Schule am Sommerhoffpark‘ in Frankfurt.

Professionally, Ms. Tsirigotis focuses on:

  • Parent counseling, the strengthening of resources and competences, the encouragement of facilities of self-management around the subject of hearing loss; working with families in varying cultural contexts;
  • Systemic counseling in early intervention, kindergarten and school education;
  • Counseling and supervision of deaf teachers active within inclusion;
  • Multiple speeches and publications on parent counseling and family dynamics concerning hearing loss.

She is also editor of the family therapy journal Systhema and chief editor of the Zeitschrift für systemische Therapie und Beratung (Journal for Systemic Therapy and Counseling).

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Profile: Christiane Bischoff

Christiane Bischoff is a PORA expert who will speak on ‘Activities and Outcomes in Children with Cochlear Implants in Comparison with Hearing Peers’ during the November 29th PORA! webinar, and on December 13th in the forum discussion.

Dr. Christiane Bischoff is a speech language pathologist specializing in hearing-impaired pedagogy. In 1999 she graduated from Heidelberg University, and went on to do research and enhance her qualifications in Varmin-Mazur University in Olsztyn, Poland. She has also participated in international projects under Dr. Prof. Horsch.

From 2004 to 2008 Dr. Bischoff taught in inclusive classes in specialized schools for hearing-impaired children all over Germany. She also taught in a consultancy service for hearing-impaired children and adolescents in Hegau-Bodensee. Since 2009 she has been heading the Department for early pedagogy, the Department for pre-school education and the children-parent group at the Stegen educational center for the hearing impaired in Germany.

Since 2010 Christiane has been Associate Professor for the German Academy of Public Service working for the Freiburg speech education school. In 2013 she received her PhD degree from Heidelberg University. She has authored numerous publications and made speeches in national and international congresses on early pedagogy, inclusion and early development.

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Profile: Dr. Sascha Bischoff

b. 26.05.1971

1993-1999 – education in Deaf Pedagogics and Early Pedagogics at the Universities of Karlsruhe and Heidelberg

1999-2002 – assistant for research and science; teacher at the Warmia-Mazury University in Olzstyn (Poland)

2003 – work in science and research at WMU within the DAAD academic exchange program and as award winner of the Foundation of the Federal Land of Baden-Wuertemberg

2005 – attained the degree of Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences (cum laude, awarded by Prof. Dr. Horsch/Prof. Dr. Laszig). read more –>

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