Supporting children who are deaf and hard of hearing
Support is provided for children identified as Deaf and Hard of Hearing and their whānau from birth until end of school.
- An individual approach
- Defining ‘deaf and hard of hearing’
- Advisers on Deaf Children (AoDC)
- Support for family and whānau
- AoDC collaboration with other agencies
- Services and supports available
- Learn more
Every child’s needs and circumstances are unique so the supports provided may differ for each child and young person depending on their needs, age and circumstances.
The support focuses on building the confidence and capability of family and whānau and teachers to support the child. The support is based around a single plan for each child or young person to achieve their learning goals and includes flexibility to respond to individual needs.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing refers to children and young people birth to 18 years of age (21 if still at school) identified with a bilateral or unilateral permanent hearing loss and/or Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder.
Parents and teachers may notice that a child or young person may have difficulty listening in the home or in a classroom, the family can seek a hearing assessment through their doctor and local District Health Board audiological services.
Ko te ahurei o te whānau ārahia o tatou mahi.
Let the uniqueness of the family guide our work.
Advisers on Deaf Children (AoDC) work:
- alongside children identified as Deaf and Hard of Hearing and their families and whānau from birth to Year 3 at school.
- together with others as a team. The team includes parents, whānau, educators, and any other specialists and agencies. Teams work collaboratively to develop a plan, provide information and a range of appropriate supports as required.
One person from the team is the family/whānau link and other professionals may become involved to help as specific goals or needs for support are identified for the child and family through a collaborative process.
Advice and guidance on communication and language development is provided along with resources and programmes required to meet the developmental and educational needs of the child and their family and whānau through early childhood and into school.
To support family and whānau to achieve desired outcomes for their tamariki we provide support:
- in a family and whānau centred way
- respecting informed choice
- in natural settings – homes, early childhood centres and schools
- using an adult coaching approach for family, whānau and teachers
- using a routine and strength based approach with family and whānau when identifying goals for their children
- working in a culturally responsive way
- working collaboratively with Speech Language Therapists, Early Intervention Teachers, Kaitakawaenga, First Sign Facilitators, Resource Teachers of the Deaf and Cochlear implant Habilitationists.
We work collaboratively with other agencies listed below and also District Health Board (DHB) Audiologists.
To discuss or request support phone or email your regional Ministry office.
There are a range of services available depending on the identified needs and the goals set. Support services may be provided by the school, Resource Teachers of the Deaf, Advisers on Deaf Children and Early Intervention teams and/or by other providers such as:
Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education provides a national network of services for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. They provide support for these students in their local schools through their Resource Teachers Deaf service
Phone: 0800 332 369
38 Truro Street
First Signs(external link) provides support for families and whānau of Deaf or Hard of Hearing children aged birth to 5 years. They provide families and whānau with opportunities to learn New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), introduce them to Deaf Culture and Deaf Community and support their child’s development
Phone: 0800 333 2322
The Cochlear Implant Programmes may provide support services for children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing identified with severe to profound hearing loss
The Hearing House(external link) is based in Auckland and provides services north of Taupo.
Phone: +64 9 579 2333 or 0800 254 783
Southern Cochlear Implant Programme(external link) (SCIP) is based in Christchurch and provides services south of Taupo.
Phone: +64 3 355 3041 or 0800 500 405Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deaf Children New Zealand Tamariki Turi O Aotearoa(external link) is a parent-led, volunteer organisation that supports parents and families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
|Phone: 0800 DEAFCHILD or 0800 332 324
Text: 027 214 6901
Deaf Aotearoa(external link) is the national organisation representing the voice of Deaf people, and the national service provider for Deaf people in New Zealand
|Phone: 0800 332 332
To find out more about support services available, talk with staff at your local Learning Support office or call the Learning Support line.
Free call (NZ only): 0800 622 222
If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, contact the Ministry of Education through the New Zealand Relay service(external link).
Free call (NZ only) 0800 4711 711
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