For families, babies, children, teens and young adults

Teaching the skills to overcome common challenges experienced day-to-day – be it socially, at school or university, through work or in the community.

Children At Group Social Skills Program

How do the programs work?

The programs are specifically aligned to age groups, developmental stages and use curriculum specifically tailored to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. They provide a safe, welcoming space for participants to grow social skills and confidence through connection with peers.

Some programs take place on a weekly or fortnightly basis, while others are scheduled during school holidays or other times throughout the year.

Through these programs, participants will:

  • Build confidence
  • Make friends with others who wear hearing technology
  • Improve communication skills
  • Learn to identify, regulate and manage feelings and emotions
  • Develop conflict resolution skills
  • Better understand their own hearing loss and the auditory system
  • Be able to explain their hearing loss and technology to their peers
  • Strengthen and foster their self-advocacy skills
  • Build overall independence and resilience by recognising their own values, strengths, and positive qualities
Children Painting At Group Program
child with hearing aids

Regular Group Social Skills programs

Early intervention

We also offer regular group programs, across all of our centres, for parents and their young children with hearing loss. These groups include opportunities to practise, in a supportive setting, those skills learned in therapy appointments. They also provide families with the chance to connect with other parents and carers in similar situations and give children the chance to learn to take turns, share and communicate with their peers through craft, role play, stories and songs.

Groups include:

  • Listen Little Stars: 0 – 12 months
  • Little LEAP: 1 – 2 years
  • LEAP: 0 – 4 years

School-age programs

  • Munch and Learn: 3 – 4 years
  • LAUNCHPad: 4 – 5 years
  • ROCKET: 5 – 6 years
  • PLANET: 6 – 7 years
  • COMET: 8 – 11 years
  • MARS: 8 – 12 years (held in conjunction with the Microtia and Atresia conference)
  • STAR: 12 – 15 years
  • Hear to Live: 16+ years

“The COMET program is a wonderful experience. I loved the activities that we completed [and] learning and understanding what’s happening to us with how we hear and how and what we think.”

Nine-year-old Mackenzie, online COMET participant

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