What is Early Intervention?
Aurora Early Intervention offers support to deaf children and their families from birth until school entry. Our overall aim is to assist parents to identify their child’s strengths and needs and to help their child develop the language skills necessary to participate in family and community life. We share knowledge and skills with families, provide support and help parents communicate with their child and encourage their development.
Who are we?
Aurora’s Early Intervention program is funded through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. We are a bilingual, statewide, home visiting program for young deaf children and their families. Our program includes deaf children with additional needs.
Who is eligible for our service?
Children who have a hearing loss in both ears and are eligible for the fitting of hearing aids or an assistive hearing device. The program is available to Victorian children from the time of diagnosis until 6 years of age or until they start attending school.
Who are our staff?
Our early intervention program is provided by Teachers of the Deaf, Social Workers, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Deaf Educators.
What happens when we receive a referral?
Staff promptly make personal contact with families to organize an information visit in the family home. This is an opportunity to find out about the program and assist parents in their choice for early intervention.
What happens next?
When families join our program we allocate you a regular worker. The worker will generally be either a Teacher of the Deaf (TOD) or a Speech Pathologist and home visits are usually provided fortnightly or as negotiated. Once we get to know each other, we will plan together with you to set priorities for the year ahead. Further planning then takes place at the beginning of each year with the opportunity for reflection and discussion of goals achieved at the end of each year.
Video conferencing through Skype is another way we engage with families. Some families receive additional support from their Regular Worker, Speech Therapist or Deaf Educator (Auslan Support) through video conferencing. Let us know if this would be of interest to you.
Early Learning Groups.
These groups provide opportunities for deaf and hearing children and their families to interact and learn through play in a bilingual environment – Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and English. Both languages are valued equally.
See the Early Learning Groups Page for more details.