November 27, 2009

Auslan: Australian Sign Language

Auslan: Australian Sign Language is spoken by people with hearing loss in Australia.

Kate Crowe, my PhD student, is fluent in Auslan. Her PhD research is addressing language choices for multilingual children with hearing loss. One choice that families make is whether they will use Auslan; however, for multilingual children, they also choose whether they will continue to use their home langauge(s) as well as English.

Kate is a research speech pathologist on the LOCHI team. This is a very large study considering longitudinal outcomes for children with hearing impairment.