About Listen Little Stars

This regular playgroup takes place every second Tuesday and is suitable for newborns through to 18 months old.

Key things to note:

  • Thanks to funding from Queensland Health, this program is subsidised and comes at no cost to families
  • Listen Little Stars is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions to a speech pathologist outside of appointments
  • Siblings are welcome 
  • Please click here for the term for timetable 
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Register for Listen Little Stars

About LEAP

Our regular playgroup takes place every Tuesday and works to build on the communication and social skills of children aged 18 months through to school age. 

Key things to note:

  • Thanks to funding from Queensland Health, this program is subsidised and comes at no cost to families
  • LEAP is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions to a speech pathologist outside of appointments
  • Siblings are welcome 
  • Please bring morning tea and a hat
  • Please click here for the term for timetable 
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Register for LEAP

About the camp

The telepractice camp is a three-day program that includes individual listening and spoken language appointments, audiology appointments, Group Social skills program and parent education and support. This is a great opportunity to connect with other Hear and Say families who live regionally. 

Find out more about the program, travel, food and more, read the FAQs below. 

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Register

Registrations for COMET are now closed as the program has been filled. If you have any questions or concerns please email paula.johnson@hearandsay.com.au.

FAQs

Monday, 24 October
10.00am – 12.30pm: Parent Education and Group Social Skills programs for children

12.30pm – 1.30pm: Lunch (provided)

Tuesday, 25 October
8.30am – 4.30pm: Individual appointments

Wednesday, 26 October
9.00am – 10.00am: Individual appointments
10.00am – 12.00pm: Telepractice LEAP (including morning tea – provided)
12.00pm – 1.00pm: Lunch (not provided)
1.00pm – 4.30pm: Individual appointments

We are fortunate to have received generous funding from Quota International that will pay for one adult and one child’s travel and accommodation per family. Any additional family members who wish to attend will need to be self-funded. You will even get the chance to meet Quota members at morning tea as part of the telepractice camp activities, and the chance to say thank-you!

Individual appointments will be funded through your NDIS plan.

For families with children who have cochlear implants who are attending audiology appointments during the camp, Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme (PTSS) funding will be used for travel.

A member of our Business Support Team will be in contact to see if you require travel and accommodation bookings and will organise on your behalf. You are of course also welcome to make your own arrangements should you wish to stay with family or friends for example.  

Morning tea and lunch will be provided on Monday, please bring your own lunch and snacks on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

With so many families visiting all at once, your listening and spoken language lesson may not be with your usual therapist. They will be around the building though and would love to say hello in the breaks.

About LAUNCHPad/ROCKET

Registrations for this program have now closed, if you have any questions please contact Fiona Toohey via  fiona.toohey@hearandsay.com.au. 

This two-day program is for kindergarten and Prep children, aged four to six, and is led by an experienced speech pathologist. Through structured activities in a safe and supportive environment, the program teaches children skills to navigate the social and emotional challenges that may occur when starting school. 

Together, participants will also build and work on: 

  • Confidence
  • Communication skills
  • Identifying feelings and express emotions
  • Conflict resolution
  • Managing feelings and emotions in difficult situations
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Pricing information

The price for the LAUNCHPad/ROCKET Group Social Skills program is determined by the number of participants taking part. Once final numbers are confirmed, Hear and Say can determine the final cost per participant. The maximum amount per participant is $737.16. This can be claimed under your NDIS Capacity Building supports.

The price includes the two-day program, program resources and individualised reports. If you wish to exit the program, please provide two weeks’ notice, otherwise full charges will apply. You will be invoiced at the start of the program. If you are not eligible for NDIS or do not have enough allocated funding and wish to participate in LAUNCHPad/ROCKET you may be able to apply for subsidised funding, a link to the application form will be sent upon registration.

To find out more about NDIS and Group Social Skills programs please click here.

About LAUNCHPad

Registrations for LAUNCHPad have now closed, if you have any questions please email Elizabeth Isdale at elizabeth.isdale@hearandsay.com.au.

Our three-day LAUNCHPad program is for kindergarten children, aged four to five, and is led by experienced speech pathologists. Through structured activities in a safe and supportive environment, the program teaches children skills to navigate the social and emotional challenges that may occur when starting school. 

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Pricing information

The price for the LAUNCHPad Group Social Skills program is determined by the number of participants taking part. Once final numbers are confirmed, Hear and Say can determine the final cost per participant. The maximum amount per participant is $1,105.74. This can be claimed under your NDIS Capacity Building supports.

The price includes the three-day program, program resources and individualised reports. If you wish to exit the program, please provide two weeks’ notice, otherwise full charges will apply. You will be invoiced at the start of the three-day program. If you are not eligible for NDIS or do not have enough allocated funding and wish to participate in LAUNCHPad you may be able to apply for subsidised funding, a link to the application form will be sent upon registration.

To find out more about NDIS and Group Social Skills programs please click here.

About ROCKET

Registrations for ROCKET have now closed, if you have any questions please email Helen Baade at helen.baade@hearandsay.com.au.  

Our three-day ROCKET program is for Prep children, aged five to six, and is led by experienced speech pathologists. Through educational activities, such as science experiments, problem solving games and team work activities, participants will build and work on: 

  • Confidence
  • Communication skills
  • Identifying feelings and express emotions
  • Conflict resolution
  • Managing feelings and emotions in difficult situations
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Pricing information

The price for the ROCKET Group Social Skills program is determined by the number of participants taking part. Once final numbers are confirmed, Hear and Say can determine the final cost per participant. The maximum amount per participant is $1,105.74. This can be claimed under your NDIS Capacity Building supports.

The price includes the three-day program, program resources and individualised reports. If you wish to exit the program, please provide two weeks’ notice, otherwise full charges will apply. You will be invoiced at the start of the three-day program. If you are not eligible for NDIS or do not have enough allocated funding and wish to participate in ROCKET you will be able to apply for subsidised funding, a link to the application form will be sent upon registration.

To find out more about NDIS and Group Social Skills programs please click here.

About STAR

Registrations for STAR are now closed as the program has been filled. If you have any questions or concerns please email paula.johnson@hearandsay.com.au.

Designed for teenagers who are 12 to 15, this three-day workshop encourages participants to build their self-confidence and independence, while also working on social and communication skills.

The skill-building is done though fun, challenge-based activities focusing on communication and problem-solving; in the past these activities have included ninja courses, rock climbing and escape rooms. STAR is led by our experienced audiologists and speech pathologists and helps participants to learn more about their hearing loss, technology talking about this with their peers.

Follow-up workshop: Monday, 12 December 10.00am – 2.00pm

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Pricing information

The price for the STAR Group Social Skills program is determine by the number of participants taking part. Once final numbers are confirmed, Hear and Say can determine the final cost per participant. The maximum amount per participant is $2,570. This can be claimed under your NDIS Capacity Building supports.

The price includes the three-day program, the follow-up day, program resources and individualised reports. If you wish to cancel your registration, please provide two weeks’ notice, otherwise full charges will apply. You will receive two invoices, one at the start of the three-day program and one at the time of the reunion. If you are not eligible for NDIS or do not have enough allocated funding you will be able to apply for subsidised funding, a link to the application form will be sent upon registration.

To find out more about NDIS and Group Social Skills programs please click here.

About COMET

Registrations for COMET have now closed, please contact Paula Johnson via paula.johnson@hearandsay.com.au or call 07 3850 2111 if you have any questions.

For children aged eight to 11 years, this three-day workshop encourages participants to build their self-confidence and independence, while also working on social and communication skills.

The skill-building is done though fun, challenge-based activities focusing on communication and problem-solving. In the past these activities have included up-cycling furniture, ninja courses, rock climbing and escape rooms. COMET is led by our experienced staff and also helps participants to learn more about their hearing loss, technology talking about this with their peers.

Follow-up workshop: Tuesday, 13 December 10.00am – 2.00pm

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Pricing information

The price for the COMET Group Social Skills program is determine by the number of participants taking part. Once final numbers are confirmed, Hear and Say can determine the final cost per participant. The maximum amount per participant is $2,500. This can be claimed under your NDIS Capacity Building supports.

The price includes the three-day program, the follow-up day, program resources and individualised reports. If you wish to exit the program, please provide two weeks’ notice, otherwise full charges will apply. You will receive two invoices, one at the start of the three-day program and one at the time of the reunion. If you are not eligible for NDIS or do not have enough allocated funding and wish to participate in COMET you will be able to apply for subsidised funding, a link to the application form will be sent upon registration.

To find out more about NDIS and Group Social Skills programs please click here.

Rally your networks

You can get loud in any way you like – with your family and friends, at work, in your community group or at school. The opportunities are endless!

You can take part as an individual or make as much noise as you can as a team.

You’re making a true difference by helping children with hearing loss learn to hear and speak – giving them the same opportunities as their siblings and peers. How awesome is that.

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"To anyone that is even considering it – please just do it!! It’s something that you would never regret becoming involved in. It’s not something that you have to do on your own either. Hear and Say are there every step of the way."

- Kerryn Elliott, mum to eight-year-old Emily who was born with hearing loss

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Our history

Loud Shirt Day has a bright, 20-year history. Born in South Australia around a coffee table by the Cora Barclay Centre team (now Can:Do 4Kids), it has since grown to become an international collaboration between member organisations of First Voice, made up of other charities across three countries:

  • Hear and Say (Queensland)
  • Auditory Verbal UK (United Kingdom)
  • Can:Do 4Kids (South Australia)
  • NextSense (Victoria)
  • The Hearing House (New Zealand)
  • The Shepherd Centre (New South Wales)
  • Telethon Speech & Hearing (Western Australia)

Let's get loud!

Keep watching this space for more details about Loud Shirt Day 2022. If you’re keen to get a head start though, we’d love to hear from you – please get in touch with our fundraising team using the form to the right or by phoning 07 3850 2111. 

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The future is hear and full of possibility for the 3.6 million Australians impacted by hearing loss – which is set to double by 2060.1 Research shows that every second person knows someone affected by hearing loss, yet it can take up to 10 years for many of us to actually do something about it.2

Help us spread the word by sharing our digital pack of social media tiles, stats and more!

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“It’s about connecting with everyone that you see every day. For me when I got my cochlear implant, I finally realised what I had been missing out on.”

Roisin, fitted with hearing aids at four years old, and now has a cochlear implant

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Make some noise with us this Hearing Awareness Week. We’ve put together a digital pack with social media tiles, copy for your social media , information for your newsletter and more.

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Your Impact

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Over 300 babies are born with hearing loss in Australia each year3

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By the time children reach school-age this number doubles1

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Approximately 4,000 Australian children under six years old have a significant permanent hearing loss4

If a loved one is experiencing any of the signs of hearing loss give them a little nudge to get their hearing tested.

References

1 The Social and Economic Cost of Hearing Loss in Australia. (2017). Retrieved from HCIA website: https://www.hcia.com.au/hcia-wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Social-and-Economic-Cost-of-Hearing-Health-in-Australia_June-2017.pdf

2  Understanding auditory deprivation: Why untreated hearing loss is bad for your brain. (2021, July 6). Healthy Hearing. https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/46306-Hearing-loss-auditory-deprivation

3 Queensland Health. (2020). Screening Protocols and Guidelines 2016 V2. https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/PDF/healthy-hearing/2017-newborn-prot-guide.pdf

4 Hearing Australia. (2021). Demographic Details of Young Australians aged less than 26 years with a hearing loss, who have been fitted with a hearing aid or cochlear implant at 31 December 2020. https://hearing.com.au/HearingAustralia/media/assets/Documents/2020-Demographics-of-Aided-Young-Australians-at-31-December-2020.pdf

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2020-21 Annual Report

Read about the 300 babies born with hearing loss in Australia each year, and how Hear and Say continued to change lives this year.

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Spotlight on single-sided deafness

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Cycling and hearing loss: staying safe on the roads

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