Cora Barclay Centre

Cora Barclay Centre
Teaching deaf kids to speak

Early Intervention

The Cora Barclay Centre provides Auditory-Verbal Therapy to families with children from birth to 5 years of age. Services are provided to children with a range of hearing losses; unilateral, bilateral, sensori-neural and permanent conductive. Children wear a range of hearing devices including hearing aids, bone conduction aids and cochlear implants.

Families collaborate with a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) to develop a program to best meet the needs of the family and the child. The program is designed to teach the child to understand the sounds the brain is receiving through the hearing technology and as listening develops speech can begin to be taught. 

Families are offered a wide range of programs so that they can choose those that best suit their needs, these include group and individual sessions. However, for all children in Early Intervention the primary program is individual Auditory-Verbal Therapy sessions. Please click here to see our outcomes.
 

Individual Auditory-Verbal Therapy Sessions

Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) sessions take place with the families’ Listening and Spoken Language Therapist.  These sessions are central to the Early Intervention program. They may occur weekly, fortnightly, monthly, depending on the individual needs of the child and circumstances of the family. AVT sessions are usually one hour in length and incorporate play, singing and reading.  All activities are specifically chosen to address the child’s individualised listening, speech, language and cognitive goals. 

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