Hearing impaired - school children
Students with a hearing impairment, as well as their parents and teachers, can make use of specialist support services and resources. These are available from the age of diagnosis to the end of high school.
Individual amplification devices, such as hearing aids are available through Australian Hearing until the age of 26.
Arranging support services
- The school principal fills in a referral form and gets parent consent.
- The local education office advises parents when they receive the referral.
- The nominated support service contacts the school to arrange the services needed.
- The school develops a Negotiated Education Plan (NEP) with input from parents, the audiologist and the special educator (hearing). This details the support required and the responsibilities of each party.
Schools for the hearing impaired
Within the range of services for children and students with impaired hearing, there are several schools with specialised programs for those with significant hearing losses. Contact the schools for more information and to enquire about enrolment criteria.