Outpost – Hearing Program
School support for children with hearing loss
For children with a hearing loss, the opportunity to access the same education options as their mainstream peers is invaluable. At Telethon Speech & Hearing, we’ve provided exactly that opportunity through our Outpost school support program for over 40 years.
Telethon Speech & Hearing’s Outpost program is a comprehensive in-school support program spread over a network of primary and secondary schools across Perth. The program allows students with a hearing loss from Kindergarten to Year 12 to take a full and active part in mainstream school life.
Students attend mainstream classes whilst receiving support and individual assistance at the same time to ensure they do not fall behind. Our unique model establishes a permanent presence of support in the child’s mainstream school so that they can have the same experiences as their hearing peers and remove some of the stress that goes along with not being able to hear well.
A teacher of the deaf and education assistants from Telethon Speech & Hearing are based in each school and the oral programs are run in partnership with the mainstream schools.
How can Telethon Speech & Hearing help?
The only program of its kind in Australia, students in Outpost attend mainstream classes while receiving support covering areas such as extra language, speech, listening, and social and emotional development which is tailored to their individual needs.
Every Outpost student has access to:
- Education assistants and notetakers available for in-class support.
- Individual sessions with a teacher of the deaf, covering language, speech, listening, cognition and educational support.
- On-site, specialist staff to support class teachers.
- Access to a speech pathologist for testing and individual therapy.
- Access to a psychologist for educational and social/emotional assessment plus some individual counselling.
- Access to occupational therapy assessment and program set up.
- Audiological management of hearing loss and equipment.
- Full cochlear implant support.
- Parent education sessions.
- Parent peer support.
- Individual parent/child and teacher of the deaf sessions.
- Individualised programs designed by a team of professionals plus the family.
Telethon Speech & Hearing is a Registered NDIS Provider
Depending on your child’s eligibility, parts or all of our programs may be covered under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Click here to learn more about Telethon Speech & Hearing and the NDIS.