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15 August 2017

Unilateral Hearing Loss: Is intervention still necessary?

Unilateral hearing loss (hearing loss in one ear) can often be dismissed as not worth intervention since the child has ‘one good ear’. However, the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing Guidelines (2013) states, “All children who are identified with hearing loss of any degree, including those with unilateral or slight hearing loss...(should) receive appropriate monitoring and immediate follow-up intervention services”. Click to read more.

08 August 2017

What effect does screen time have on language development?

The time in front of a visual electronic device is referred to as screen time which has become a common activity (or inactivity) in this advanced technological age. So why is this bad for our children (and particularly those with a hearing loss) when learning to listen and speak? Click to read more

01 August 2017

The Brightest Start

It's term 3, which means our Bright Start: Transition to School program has started. But why is it so important for children with a hearing loss to get a 'leg up' before heading to school?

25 July 2017

How do listening skills help with literacy development?

As we start thinking about Book Week (it's just around the corner), we wanted to focus on why reading and listening and so intrinsically linked.

18 July 2017

Why talking to yourself is a good thing!

Do you talk to yourself? Sometimes? Always? Never? Well it's actually a great help in teaching your child theory of mind and language. Click for more.

11 July 2017

What do fruit and vegetables have to do with hearing loss?

We do hundreds of hearing tests each year at the Cora Barclay Centre, but we know that many people don't understand the audiograms that they receive, or take to their ENT or other health care professional afterwards. Today we look at audiograms and why the speech banana and string bean are important. Click to read more.

04 July 2017

A Word from our CEO - Positives and Difficulties

Updating our community on the things that impact on the governance and funding of the Centre is a priority for our CEO, Michael Forwood. This month he details what has occurred since his last blog in May and also some positive steps forward. Click to read more.

27 June 2017

Our Graduates - Where are they now? - Angela

Starting at our kindergarten when we were based in Walkerville, Angela has grown to become an amazing advocate for the Cora Barclay Centre. Her story shows that having a hearing impairment won't hold you back. Click to read more.

20 June 2017

Can one donation really make a difference?

People often think that their one donation perhaps doesn't have an enormous impact, but every dollar donated helps a child who is deaf take the next step in their journey to listening and speaking.

06 June 2017

Does my child need a break from their hearing aids or cochlear implants?

Why is it so vital that a child wear their hearing aid or cochlear during all waking hours? Does it really make a difference? Read on to find out why it's important. Click to read more.

30 May 2017

2017 Annual General Meeting

Monday 29 May saw the Centre hold its Annual General Meeting and launch the 2016 Annual Report. Click to read more.

23 May 2017

Baby Sign - a good idea?

Baby Sign is a popular tool that many parents consider using, but is it something you should invesitage? Click to read more.

16 May 2017

Our Graduates - Where are they now? - Bethany

It’s great catching up with our alumni, and today we are hearing Bethany’s story from diagnosis to where she is now; and she’s been busy! Click to read more.

09 May 2017

At a Glance

We have spent a few weeks looking at all the many services the Cora Barclay Centre provides to children who are deaf or hearing impaired and the general community. Today we look at the Centre, at a glance.

04 May 2017

A Word From Our CEO - More on the NDIS and inquiries

In his latest blog our CEO gives you a look inside his role, that of writing submissions, making phone calls, emailing and meeting face-to-face with federal and state politicians and senior government administrators - all with the aim of getting better outcomes for hearing-impaired children and their families. He also gives an update on the NDIS and the issues that still exist for children with a hearing loss who are part of the scheme.

25 April 2017

Audiology at the Cora Barclay Centre

The Cora Barclay Centre offers a variety of audiological services to children and adults. Read all about what we offer and get information on when it might be a good time to get your child's hearing tested. Click here to read more.

18 April 2017

Speech Pathology at the Cora Barclay Centre

The Cora Barclay Centre offers Speech Pathology to clients and the general community. However, many people don't fully understand the differences a Speech Pathologist can make. Click here to read more.

11 April 2017

How we support social and emotional wellbeing in young people

Being able to listen and speak is only part of the focus for children who are deaf or hearing impaired that join the Cora Barclay Centre family. Social and emotional wellbeing are also a strong part of what we aim to help young people achieve and one of the main vehicles for this is our peer support program. Click to read more.

06 April 2017

What happens when children who are deaf or hearing impaired go to school?

Once a child has graduated from our Early Intervention program, what happens? The Cora Barclay Centre continues to support young people through our Student Services program. Read on to find out exactly how we do this and the positive outcomes it creates. Click to read more.

21 March 2017

All About Early Intervention at the Cora Barclay Centre

The majority of children who are supported by the Cora Barclay Centre began their time with us in the Early Intervention Program. But we often get asked, what actually happens in Early Intervention and why is it so important? Today we are going to give you a peek behind the curtain at exactly what happens during an Early Intervention therapy session.

16 March 2017

Our Graduates - Where are they now?

We love hearing about what our past students are up to now, and it's great to keep in touch with them. Today we catch up with Jonathan Pope, a past student who now helps currently students in his role at Australian Hearing. Click here to read more.

14 March 2017

A Look Back in Time

For over 71 years the Cora Barclay Centre has been teaching children who are deaf or hearing impaired to listen and speak. Today we take a look at the many significant milestones achieved. Click to read more.

06 March 2017

Launch of First Voice Graduate Outcomes Report and Deloitte Cost Benefit Analysis

On World Hearing Day (Friday 3 March) our CEO, Michael Forwood, attended the launch of 3 reports by First Voice. These reports highlighted the incredible outcomes of children who are supported by First Voice centres, of which the Cora Barclay Centre is one. The launch was aimed at informing government decision makers, other stakeholders and the general public of the extraordinary outcomes achieved by deaf children participating in our programs throughout Australia. Why did we need to do this? Click to read on and find out.

01 March 2017

Looking after your ears at Clipsal

Clipsal 500 starts tomorrow. Have you thought about how it might affect your hearing? Click here to read more.

28 February 2017

Hearing Services under the NDIS

Our CEO addresses the most important thing happening in Australia for children who are deaf or hearing impaired and their families; the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the Federal Parliament Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS conducting an inquiry into the provision of hearing services under the scheme. Click to read more.

25 February 2017

International Cochlear Implant Day

What is a cochlear implant? How does it work? And what does it help a child who is deaf to achieve? Today we explore all of these questions. Click to read more.

21 January 2017

International Mother Language Day

Today is the UN’s International Mother Language Day. UNESCO (United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) states that “to foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and other language. It is through the mastery of their first language or mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired.” The Cora Barclay Centre works with children who are deaf or hearing impaired so that they can learn their mother tongue - spoken communication, in whatever language that should is. Click to read more.

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