hearing loss support
Starting school can be a challenge for all children, even more so for those who have a hearing impairment. Confident ClassMATE is a transition and education program for children who live with hearing loss. The program supports deaf children aged 5-9 years and their families as they transition into mainstream school.
Bankstown Sports was honoured to support the Confident ClassMate program at The Shepherd Centre with $9,975.00 in the 2017 ClubGRANTS year to make a difference to the lives of children who were born deaf or have a hearing impairment.
Over 90% of children with hearing loss who graduate from The Shepherd Centre pre-school program at the age of 5 do so with speech skills that are as good as that of a child of the same age without any hearing impairment. The Confident ClassMATE program provides these graduates with additional support to further develop age appropriate social skills. These skills can help children when developing new friendships and communication to teachers and peers.
The Confident ClassMate program consisted of 8 weekly group sessions aimed at addressing children’s social skills, developing their speech and language skills and improving their confidence and resilience in a classroom environment. Some of the topics covered in the sessions included:
• Social interaction such as building on and responding appropriately to conversations with peers
• Working with classmates to solve problems and interpret social scenarios and emotions
• Parent education and support on how they can help their child with hearing loss, support challenging social situations and express and manage their emotions.
The Shepherd Centre CEO, Jim Hungerford says the support of Bankstown Sports allows them to help children in the Bankstown area:
“We are very grateful to Bankstown Sports Club for making it possible for The Shepherd Centre to deliver our social skills group program and support children with hearing loss and their families in the Bankstown area.”
For more information on the Shepherd Centre, head to: https://shepherdcentre.org.au/