Early Intervention in Hearing Loss | Telethon Speech & Hearing

Early Intervention Hearing Loss Program (Chatterbox)

Chatterbox classroom children with hearing loss
Chatterbox classroom children with hearing loss

Early intervention is important as it provides parents and families with the knowledge, skills and support to meet the needs of their child.

Telethon Speech & Hearing provides early intervention for the management of your child’s hearing loss using a multi-disciplinary approach. This approach allows us to identify any delays in developmental milestones and individualise our services in regards to any aspects of your child’s development including speech, language, listening, motor skill milestones, cognition, attachment and emotional regulation.

All children and their families in early intervention are encouraged to attend a therapy group each week during school terms, with similar aged peers. These groups are facilitated by members of the early intervention multi-disciplinary team.

Individual sessions (PDF)

All children enrolled in the Chatterbox program are eligible to attend individual sessions with an Auditory-Verbal Therapist or Speech Pathologist. These sessions are designed to provide parents with the skills to support their child develop their listening, speech and language skills.

Therapy Playgroups

  • Connect and Grow (0-1 years old)
  • Toddler Time (1-2 years old)
  • Little Explorers (2-3 years old)
  • Little Learners (3-4 years old)
  • Skills for School (4-5 years old)

The early intervention program is a multi-disciplinary approach with emphasis on assisting the child to reach their full potential. The services are individualised to each child’s need and integrate many disciplines such as Auditory-Verbal Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Audiologists, Psychologists and Occupational Therapists.

Multi-Disciplinary Team

Telethon Speech & Hearing provides a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure the best outcomes for all children.


Provide regular monitoring of hearing and middle ear status of all children enrolled in the Telethon Speech & Hearing Early Intervention Hearing Loss program.

Auditory Verbal Therapists

Provide strategies and techniques to facilitate optimal acquisition of speech and language through listening. Parents and caregivers are active participants in therapy.

Occupational Therapists

Will assess and monitor a child’s motor skills development, balance and coordination, sensory processing development, play skills and self-care tasks.


Support the emotional and social development of the children and families.

Speech Pathologists

Assess speech and language skills and provide therapy to remediate delays or disorders identified.


The Tele-Intervention program has been developed to support families in regional and remote areas of Western Australia.

Therapy sessions, parent support sessions, parent education sessions and therapy playgroups are all provided via videoconferencing through Skype or Lync. Families will have access to a multi-disciplinary team of Auditory-Verbal Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapist and Audiologist to assist on a needs basis with their child’s development.

For further information or to register for this program, please contact our Head of Program Support on (08) 9387 9888 or email.

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