Assessment Visits (primary and secondary)

Assessment visits are a specialised three-day visit designed to assess and support tamariki to ensure they are able to be competent and capable learners regardless of their educational setting, their hearing levels or language choice. Support and guidance are also available for families to help increase their knowledge and confidence when advocating for their child.

The three-day visit is designed around the needs of the tamariki, and to take into account any special requests or concerns from the whānau and educational team.

The programme typically will involve, assessment, support and advice in the areas of:

  • Spoken Language
  • Literacy
  • Audiology
  • Visual Communication
  • NZSL
  • Deaf Culture

There will also be opportunities to access the Library and Media Centre.

Transportation costs are covered by the local District Health Board. van Asch Deaf Education Centre provides meals and accommodation at no charge (dietary requirements can be catered for).

A comprehensive report is sent to the whānau, advisor and other relevant parties within three weeks of the completion of the visit.


To apply to attend a course please complete the application form in full, the blue NTA form and the consent form (your Advisor is able to support you to complete these).

Please bring your child’s personal hearing devices and assistive equipment (including RM system), recent IEP, any reading or writing material you feel is relevant.


Sonja Parkes

Sonja Parkes

Preschool Course Coordinator

M: 027 455 2030