Family, Child and Youth Services
Parent-Child Early Support Services
(Children from birth to 6 years and their families)
Parent-Child Early Support Services provide child and family focused education and guidance for parents and their children, from birth to age 6, who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
At Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka we aim to provide parents with unbiased information and provide unconditional support as they learn about their child’s hearing loss and make decisions about early interventions, assistive listening technology, communication and education options.
Parent and Child Playgroups
Playgroups are a wonderful opportunity for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, their siblings, parents and grandparents to interact and play in a safe, stimulating, language-rich setting.
Children participate in interactive and imaginative communication based activities, sensory stimulation, and early learning activities that promote improved communication and positive emotional and social development.
Playgroup staff are on hand to help parents implement learning strategies, and work towards achieving goals for their children with regards to communication, behaviour, cognitive and academic skills. Staff will work closely with parents, and caregivers to observe and assess their children's use of residual hearing, vision, gestures, and vocalizations for communication, as well as temperament and interactions, to discover how the child best responds to different language stimuli.
Children’s Recreation Program
(Children ages 6 to 12 years)
The Children’s Recreation Program provides deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their siblings with the opportunity to make connections with other children with hearing loss throughout the elementary school years. The goal of the CRP is to provide children with fun and esteem building activities where full access to communication is always available with both staff and peers.
Youth Leadership Program
(Teens ages 13 to 18 years)
Parent Support Group
Ontario HANDS & VOICES - Simcoe Chapter
(Parents of children from birth to 18 years)
“What Works for Your Child is What Makes the Choice Right.”
Parent Support meetings are an opportunity for families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to come together to receive support, without a bias around communication modes or methodology, from other parents and Deaf Access staff. It is our goal to provide families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access, social experiences and educational outcomes for their children.
Group meetings, outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children to reach their highest potential.
For more information about Ontario Hands & Voices please visit www.ontariohandsandvoices.com
The Family Communication Program
The Family Communication Program aims to provide families with skills that help facilitate improved communications and relationships within each family. An instructor fluent in American Sign Language will provide in home lessons to the deaf or hard-of-hearing child’s parents, siblings, grandparents and/or caregivers. Deaf and hard-of-hearing youth and teens who use spoken English as a first language and are interested in learning to sign may also take part.
Family Communication Program Registration Form
For a list of upcoming events for the whole family Click Here