Helping us meet demand in Canberra

15 Jun 2021

Deaf children need intensive support in order to develop effective speech and communication skills.

Without these skills, they may face social isolation and exclusion from the community. They may also struggle to learn at school or find secure work as young adults.

Ultimately, because of these challenges, they may experience life-long disadvantage.

For 50 years, The Shepherd Centre has found innovative ways to support deaf children, helping them to overcome these challenges and reach their full potential.

Research shows that music therapy activities make a massive difference in development of listening, spoken language, and social skills.

In response, we developed ‘Chime Time’, a program which uses the power of music therapy to help children develop these skills, in a fun, supportive group environment.

‘Chime Time’ is one of the most effective and popular programs we offer. In particular, this year we have seen a record of number of families enrolling in ‘Chime Time’ at our Canberra centre, located in Rivett, ACT.

The Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund in partnership with Hands Across Canberra provided a generous grant to help us meet this demand, building on their many years of support for our work in the ACT.

Thanks to the support of The Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund, in partnership with Hands Across Canberra, local deaf children are overcoming the challenges of their disability, thriving within the local community, and on-track to reach their full potential in life!

Thank you to the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund and Hands Across Canberra. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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