The Specialist Resource Team and the Centre's audiologist provide families in regional settings with the opportunity to attend a four-day preschool residential visit. The week long programme includes assessment and guidance based on the needs of the tamariki and their whānau. Our aim is to support whānau to understand and manage their child’s hearing loss and to support their chosen mode of communication.
The week long visit may include sessions at audiology, speech language assessments, literacy advice as well as time to learn about Deaf Culture - including a visit to our on site museum, visual communication strategies and NZSL. Families will also have time in the Early Intervention Centre to meet other families with deaf children.
Transportation costs are covered by the local District Health Board and van Asch Deaf Education Centre provides meals and accommodation at no charge (dietary requirements can be catered for).
At the end of the stay, preschool families head home with a Preschool Resource Pack and a special photo experience book highlighting their week at van Asch Deaf Education Centre.
A comprehensive report is sent to the whānau, Advisor and other relevant parties within three weeks of the completion of the visit.