Brighton Primary School has a Hearing Unit that functions as an integral part of the school community, supporting students in fully accessing mainstream education.
Students participate in regular classes within the school. Their enrolment is supported by trained teachers with specialist qualifications in the area of deafness and learning intervention for students with a hearing loss, collaborating closely with classroom teachers.
The level of support accessed by students is negotiated to match the needs of each student and may include: support within the classroom, small group support and individual sessions.
Each student’s individual program which is outlined in their Individual Learning Improvement Plan is designed to maximise the student’s full potential, with a particular focus on managing personal assistive hearing equipment, spoken language development, auditory perceptual skills, speech and social skills. These plans are developed and reviewed once a term at Student Support Group meetings attended by parents and educational staff.
The Hearing Unit is supported by a wide range of professionals including: staff from the Cochlear Implant Clinic, Speech Pathologists and an Educational Psychologist. In addition, staff from Australian Hearing provide regular audiological and technical services to ensure that the student’s auditory input is maximised.
For more information or a personal appointment, please contact Ms. Su Perrins via Susan.Perrins@education.vic.gov.au