Aurora School offers a state-wide service to deaf and Deafblind children and their families. Aurora provides a home based Early Intervention program, a School Based Early Education long day program that includes Kinder and Prep and an individualised program for Deafblind children.
The Early Intervention Program
This service is provided for families with children, aged from birth until school age, who have a bilateral hearing loss confirmed by an audiologist and who are eligible for the provision of hearing aids or an assistive hearing device. The program is staffed by teachers of the deaf, psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists and deaf educators.
This family-centred program aims to provide parents with the knowledge and skills they need to promote their child’s development, especially their language and communication, during the early years. We provide bilingual programs in which young deaf children are encouraged to acquire early communication and language through the development of listening skills, speech, sign language and alternative communication strategies.
Core services include:
- Regular home visits to families anywhere in Victoria
- Bilingual program (English and Auslan) and augmentative or alternative communication based on individual children’s needs
- Liaison with other care givers and service providers
- Deaf role models
- Resources: Borrowing library of books, DVDs and toys
- Regular newsletter.
Additional services include:
- Early Learning Groups – playgroups
- Bilingual 3 year old kindergarten for deaf and hearing children
- Parent support groups, weekend seminar and family camp
- Early Communication program delivered by Deaf Educators
- Family days
- Video conferencing
- Consultancy and professional development programs
- Liaison with Professional Services including Australian Hearing, Cochlear Implant Clinic and other service providers.
School Based Early Education Programs for Deaf, Deafblind and Deaf children with additional disabilities
Early Education Programs aim to develop communication and the effective use of speech, sign language, listening skills and alternative communication strategies. We provide 3 and 4 year old kinder programs, a Prep program and programs for Deafblind children and Deaf children with additional needs. All children are encouraged to develop their communication and language through an experiential, play based focus. The Early Education program is staffed by teachers of the deaf, speech pathologists, an audiologist, deaf language assistants, psychologists, social workers, an occupational therapist, physiotherapist and Auslan interpreters.
Eligibility for Deaf Children: from 3 years of age with a bilateral hearing loss averaging 40 decibels or greater, confirmed by an audiologist.
Eligibility for Deafblind Children: from 3 years of age with a bilateral hearing loss, confirmed by an audiologist and a vision impairment confirmed by an ophthalmologist.
Centre Based Early Education programs provide:
- Individualised programs
- 3 year old kindergarten, four year old kindergarten and prep
- Communication options to meet the needs of each child (bilingual English and Auslan; speech and listening, augmentative communication)
- An environment that fosters the development of all students according to individual needs and abilities
- Outreach and home visiting programs
- Video conferencing facilities that increase the scope of the outreach services
- Parent accommodation for country families
- Signing classes for parents and community members
- Five day program – 9 am to 3 pm.
Parent involvement is encouraged across the school.
From 2014 Aurora School will operate a Community Kindergarten with enrolments of deaf and local community children. For more information contact the Principal, Aurora School.