Ndiyeva Paediatric Audiology & Intervention Conference 2017

Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Carel du Toit Centre is the only facility of its kind in South Africa to offer both family-centred early intervention services (0-10 years) and schooling for children with hearing loss (3-10 years) using spoken language as the communication mode of choice.

The Carel du Toit Centre offers a phenomenal, all-encompassing service to teach children with hearing impairment to speak, through natural learning experiences and parental guidance. The aim of the Centre’s intervention is for children with hearing loss to enter mainstream schools and have adequate spoken language to integrate into the hearing society.

Established in 1973, the Carel du Toit Centre, uses a combination of auditory verbal and auditory oral principles to facilitate listening and spoken language while emphasizing that early identification and intervention, parental involvement and suitable technology leads to best outcomes. We provide services, resources, education and research to support the needs of children with hearing loss, their families and professionals.

Because we understand the importance of Early Hearing Loss Detection and Intervention for infants and children, the
Carel du Toit Centre is at the forefront of establishing universal new-born hearing screening in the Western Cape, in partnership with the provincial government and private funders.

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Integral to the uniqueness of the Carel du Toit Centre is its CHAT (Children Hear and Talk)
At the CHAT Centre, families are empowered to teach their children with hearing impairment to learn to listen and speak. Ages of the children vary from birth to 10 years, depending on the age
of diagnosis.

The CHAT Centre enables the following:

- Weekly family sessions: Once a week parents or primary caregivers attend 45-minute intervention sessions at the CHAT Centre, where they are supported through the diagnosis of deafness, hearing technology management and how to incorporate a natural environment that fosters listening and speaking at home.

- Tele-intervention sessions and home visits to families.

A natural language acquisition approach through the maximum use of the auditory modality and the application of auditory verbal principles in sessions.

- The Team of quality support staff includes Professional Parent Support, Audiologists, Interventionists, Teachers, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Social Workers and Educational Psychologists.

Children from the age of 3 start in our pre-school programme.
The School provides a mainstream curriculum (CAPS) in small classes (4-8 children) in either Afrikaans or English to Grade 3.

The Centre is proud of our philosophy where we know children will learn language best if immersed in its real life experiences. This means that we have weekly in/out experiences, e.g. visiting the airport.

Following the experience, a story chart is developed where individual language structures for each child are targeted daily for the week. All the children have their own book that copies the story chart and language structures for daily conversations with parents and caregivers. This book is also used by the family and child to share events that happen at home.

The Centre offers the following services on-site:
- Audiology
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physiotherapy
- Social Work
- Psychology

All children attend weekly music lessons and children’s kinetics. The Centre offers a variety of extra-curricular activities, including athletics, soccer, cricket, hockey, ballet, netball and drama.

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Contact Details

  • Marieta van der Sandt – Immaculate Events & Conferences
    Event Manager: 2017 Ndiyeva Paediatric Audiology & Intervention Conference
    ( +27 21 824 2886
    *  ndiyeva@careldutoit.co.za

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