Little Explorers Auditory-Verbal Playgroup.
Little Explorers Auditory-Verbal Playgroup uses everyday living and playing situations to develop communication and social skills.
The LEAP Program stands for Little Explorers Auditory-Verbal Playgroup. It is designed for children with hearing loss from birth to school age, and includes any siblings. LEAP endeavours to provide opportunities for children to increase their social communication behaviours such as:
- Greeting others using words and/or gestures
- Joining in playing with a group of children
- Initiating conversation with familiar people
- Responding appropriately when spoken to by others
- Engaging when an adult/child interacts with them
- Expressing basic emotions
LEAP is held weekly or fortnightly depending on the centre and is facilitated by an Auditory-Verbal therapist. This program provides parents and extended family with the opportunity to learn how to carry over Auditory-Verbal techniques into everyday learning and living situations. LEAP is based on facilitating the development of:
- Self esteem
- Self confidence
- Positive attitude towards hearing loss
- Effective coping mechanisms Effective communication skills
- Peer support and friendship
Hear and Say is an NDIS provider and our LEAP program is eligible to be funded by the NDIS.
At 9.10pm on 24 October 2013 our beautiful daughter Maia was born.
The moment of elation was short-lived as we immediately noticed her left ear was missing. I frantically looked to the medical team around me for answers but received none.
Panic set in as we waited 4 days in hospital for an ENT to explain her condition, by which point we already had all the answers from Simone, who runs the Microtia and Atresia Program at Hear and Say.