By Siobhan McAlary
To celebrate Men’s Health Week (June 15-21) The Shepherd Centre’s Newtown Parent/Carer Group met up to discuss hearing loss from the perspective of fathers raising hearing-impaired children.
Fabio, father of a recent Shepherd Centre graduate, led the group discussion as he spoke about his hearing loss journey and how he maintained good health while navigating the highs and lows of transitioning to living as a family with hearing loss.
Recalling the emotions – predominately worry and uncertainty – that travelled with him as he attended hearing tests, consultations, fittings, therapy, early intervention programs and therapy sessions, he reflected that the positivity of The Shepherd Centre, combined with his (ongoing) determination to learn everything about hearing loss, relieved the disquiet of not knowing.
A few things parents could do to spread awareness of men’s health include:
• Playing a game of soccer or tennis with a group of friends
• Talking about your concerns with family, friends, work mates or health professionals
• Visiting the doctor with your dad, brother, uncle, grandfather, or significant other
Our group program, Kidscape, runs every week at all centres from 10am to 12pm. Parents and children join in activities together from 10am to 11am, and from 11am to 12pm parents and carers participate in the Parent/Carer Group, independent of Kidscape.
For further information about Kidscape please email [email protected] or call 1800 020 030.
For information about our other Group Learning Programs, please visit our Group Learning Programs page.