No limits for children who are deaf.
The Mission of the Cora Barclay Centre is to help children who are deaf or hearing impaired to learn to speak and reach their full potential through intensive early childhood intervention, school years and early adult support, psycho-social development and ongoing assessments. These outcomes are achieved through family-centred practice and professional expertise in listening and spoken language therapy.
About Cora Barclay Centre
The Cora Barclay Centre is the oldest and most comprehensive dedicated Listening & Spoken Language (LSL) program in Australia providing intensive, evidenced-based intervention through Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT), student support services, social participation programs, and ongoing monitoring and assessment to children from birth to 18 years and their families. The aim of the Centre is to help children who are deaf or hearing impaired achieve life-long social and emotional wellbeing and economic independence.
The vast majority of children who attend the Cora Barclay Centre (and other First Voice centres*), who have no additional disabilities, achieve age-appropriate speech, language and comprehension by the time they go to school. AVT with its foundation in teaching speech and language through listening has been proven to be highly effective in developing the spoken language and educational outcomes of children with hearing loss.
The Cora Barclay Centre provides integrated, evidence-based multi-disciplinary programs for children who are deaf or hearing impaired. Its programs are constantly reviewed in the light of national and international research and its own program evaluations. As part of its evidence-based approach, the Cora Barclay Centre contributes its data to the First Voice national clinical database, which consolidates data for over 1000 children across Australia and New Zealand in early childhood intervention programs provided by First Voice centres.
- We will always put first the needs of the children and families we support
- We will involve families in services planning and delivery
- We respect the rights of families to make choices
- We are committed to evidenced-based practice
- We will always act with integrity and honesty
- We undertake to deliver services in a kind and caring manner that recognises each child and family’s individuality and humanity
Our Five Key Principles
- To achieve the best possible outcomes for children who are deaf or hearing-impaired
- To invest prudently in our development while ensuring our long-term sustainability
- To invest in our staff and have the best possible team available
- To be recognized as the leading service provider for deaf or hearing-impaired children in SA
- To consolidate and increase our focus on research, development, innovation and evidence-based practice.