Hear at Home

Therapy Services​:
Regular "in home" listening and spoken language therapy (auditory-verbal therapy) for children 0 - 7 years
Out and about (community sites) listening and spoken language therapy for children 0 - 7 years

Family Get Togethers:
Four to five times per year, Hear at Home families meet up to share stories, connect and socialise.

Day care/​School Visits
Direct observation of your child in day care/school settings
Assessment of your child's acoustic environment
Suppport for child care workers and teachers who ​manage your child's acoustic environment
Provide training in techniques/strategies for day care and school staff when working with your child
Attendance at your child's Indvidualised Family Service Plan/Individualised Educational Program meeting to ensure appropriate recommendations are made

Group Therapy:
Play group
Transition to school

Liaison services:
Hear at Home communicates with all the services working with your child to ensure a co-ordinated approach

Hear at Home acknowledges children often require a number of co-ordinated services to meet the needs of the whole child.
Hear at Home acknowledges that every parent knows their own child better than any professional and therefore should be given the necessary knowledge, strategies, skills and techniques to facilitate listening and spoken language potential.
Listening and Spoken Language
The Listening Room
Auditory-verbal outcomes
Importance of words
Literacy 0 - 3 years
Reading to your child 0 - 5 years
Ideas for Developing Listening

Helpful articles and websites......
Adult post cochlear implantation rehabilitation:
Individualised auditory skill development program to enable increased speech intelligibility
Equipping partners and other family members with strategies to improve listening practice in the everyday home environment for the cochlear implant recipient


Meet the team: Pia Leeming Pia Leeming originally qualified as a teacher of the deaf as a result of having children with hearing impairment at her own primary school while growing up. She went home from school at the age of 9 years and told her mother she wanted to work with deaf children. After completing her teacher of the deaf qualifications, Pia began working at the now Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre in 1992. After a number of years of supporting children with hearing impairment in the kindergarten program, she was awarded a scholarship to study the auditory-verbal approach in the United States. Working at the Manchester Paediatric Cochlear Implant Program in the UK, Pia gained a greater interest in the audiological management of young children. She later completed a post graduate degree in audiology and was certified as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist through the Alexander Graham Bell Academy in the US in 1997. Pia combined her qualifications of audiologist, teacher of the deaf and auditory-verbal therapist and worked in various clinical and educational settings within Western Australia. She was appointed clinical supervisor of the early intervention team at Telethon Speech and Hearing in 2010. During this time, she mentored staff members through the process of becoming certified auditory-verbal therapists. Pia is committed to the auditory-verbal approach that demonstrates the great majority of children with hearing impairment have the potential to become confident and competent listening and speaking individuals who can be offered the same life choices as their typically hearing peers. By partnering with parents, Pia loves the challenge of ensuring that all children with hearing impairment are functioning optimally in the hearing world in which we live. Bronwyn Birch Bronwyn has been working with children with hearing impairment for over 30 years. She is a teacher of the deaf, and qualified as a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) in 2009. Bronwyn has worked in early intervention for the last 15 years, working with individual families, writing and implementing a kindergarten program as well as devising and teaching small group language programs. She has also supported regional families using tele health technology. Bronwyn has set up and worked within programs that support children with hearing impairment in mainstream primary and high schools. Bronwyn believes that the most efficient and effect approach towards assisting a child with hearing loss to learn to listen and talk is to work together with parents in the family home enabling learning through every day routines and occurrences. Chelsea Robinson As a young girl, Chelsea Robinson was inspired by the movies “Children of a Lesser God” and “Mr Holland’s Opus”. This ignited a passion in her to work with children who have a hearing impairment. Chelsea graduated from Edith Cowan University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Education (Special Education). She then went on to study with the University of Melbourne graduating in 2003 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Hearing Impaired). In 2004, Chelsea was approached by Telethon Speech and Hearing and asked to start a kindergarten that catered for hearing and hearing impaired children. Chelsea worked as a Teacher of the Deaf in the Kindergarten whilst providing individual therapy in the early intervention program. In 2007, Chelsea was asked to present in Brisbane at the Australasian Conference on Listening and Spoken Language. At the same time she was studying with the Alexander Graham Bell Association and in 2009, Chelsea became a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. Chelsea is very excited to be able to take therapy into the home. Since becoming a mother herself, she understands the demands of being a mother and the value in working with children in their own home. Chelsea is very passionate and committed to supporting and guiding families so that they can achieve the desired outcomes for their child.

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