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Teleintervention program for deaf kids to launch in Orange

A new online program 'Talk Together Connect' aimed at helping hearing impaired children in regional areas learn to listen and speak has been officially launched in Orange

Monday, 26 June, 2017.

A new online program ’Talk Together Connect’ aimed at helping hearing impaired children in regional areas learn to listen and speak has been officially launched in Orange, thanks to a $106,000 grant from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

The brainchild of world-leading early intervention specialists, The Shepherd Centre, Talk Together Connect is a ground-breaking program which enables children with hearing loss to access some of the best audiologists, child and family counsellors and listening and spoken language therapists available.

Foundation Executive Officer, Graham Batten, said, “The Shepherd Centre has an extraordinary track record when it comes to giving deaf children access to sound and speech, with over 90 per cent of the Centre’s graduates heading to mainstream schools with outstanding communication skills.

I'm exceptionally proud that a Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation grant could help enable such a valuable and innovative project to improve the outcomes of regional kids with hearing loss.

Foundation Executive Officer, Graham Batten

Shepherd Centre

We've always supported children in regional areas," said Dr Jim Hungerford, The Shepherd Centre CEO, "but this new program allows families to connect in real time, participate in the foundations of listening and spoken language through online learning modules at their convenience, as well as meet other families from regional areas who are in the same situation as them."

"Families can upload videos of their child's progress in their own time and our therapists can respond accordingly with feedback to continue the essential early intervention progress," said Dr Hungerford. "We still see our children face-to-face but Talk Together Connect allows us to support them so much more."

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