There are over 8,000¹ teenagers in Australia who are deaf or hard of hearing who face higher risk² of mental health problems compared to their hearing peers. Audiologists and itinerant teachers are on the front line for these teens and have the opportunity to guide them to services that will help them break down barriers and enable them reach their full potential.
Hear For You does just that. Our mission is to mentor and inspire young people who are deaf through evidence based programs and services that are accessible to all. As an audiologist, itinerant teacher or even a parent or carer of teenagers who are hearing impaired, it can often be difficult to approach such a conversation. Teenagers think they don’t need extra help, they’re getting by just fine. And they may be coping well, but there is a lot to be gained by having a support network that understand exactly what challenges you face on a daily basis.
92% of children with permanent hearing loss are born to hearing parents³. It’s important that we provide parents with a thorough understanding as to how an organisation, like Hear For You, can provide their child with unique opportunities and skills that they can carry with them throughout their entire life.
Hear For You does just that. Our mission is to mentor and inspire young people who are deaf through evidence based programs and services that are accessible to all.
So how do you bring the conversation up? Below we outline some tips for audiologists and itinerant teachers to help you start the conversation.
Here’s how Hear For You can help. We offer are a range of workshops, programs and opportunities that empower deaf or hard of hearing teenagers. Some of these include:
Starting a conversation surrounding the support mechanisms and options for those deaf and hard of hearing teenagers can be daunting and sometimes we don’t know where to begin. There are a few tips we can offer which may be useful.
Teenagers can use their NDIS funding to attend programs and workshops. If they are not on NDIS for support other arrangements can be made. Please contact us here.
Communication is flexible. Our participants, staff and mentors use a variety of different modes of communication. We provide captioning and translators as needed and a number of our mentors can sign in Auslan.
Often teenagers are unaware of what to expect or who they are going to be surrounded by when they attend our workshops and programs. It’s important to us that they feel comfortable and are aware of what they’re signing up for.
Below are links to previous workshops that give insight into what our workshops and programs look like and the people that are involved!
¹ Australian Hearing, 2018
² Mitchell & Karchmer, 2004
³ Mitchell & Karchmer, 2004.