Over 90% of babies born with a hearing loss are born to hearing people. Like you, they may have no experience of deafness and no friends or family with experience raising deaf children.
The birth of a baby is a life-changing event by itself and the whole family needs time to adjust to this new precious family member. But, having a deaf baby means you are suddenly confronted with the need to make decisions about;
- Technology – Can the child access some hearing with a hearing aid or cochlear implant? How much can they access? What does it mean for their development?
- Communication – sign language or the oral-approach? What if you want both?
- Education – What support, if any does my child need? Mainstream or specialist school? Which schools provide the best support for deaf and hard of hearing children?
The whole process can be overwhelming and isolating as you try to inform yourself and make the right decisions for your child. At the same time, you may be experiencing a range of emotions that come with finding out that your baby is deaf.
You are not alone. We have experience working with parents and families of beautiful deaf children. We can support you to;
- Understand what it means to have a deaf baby.
- Connect you with parents of deaf children who have already been through the experience.
- Navigate the system – get the best advice and services for your child.
- Access supports available through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
- Connect you to appropriate supports and services.