Teacher of the Deaf
Bachelor Education – Special Education – Hearing Impairment
Graduate Certificate in Auslan Studies
As a parent, you may hear different words used to describe the diagnosis of a hearing loss: Deaf, hearing impaired and hard of hearing. What does this mean? Firstly, all of these children may face challenges developing communication skills and the language needed for the academic demands of school. Language fluency is a key predictor to reading and writing success, therefore for a child who has a hearing loss early intervention is the best way to enhance these skills. Language is learned through communication opportunities, this can include: verbal and non-verbal communication, speech, text and visual communication such as Auslan. Auslan is the official Australian Sign Language. Through early intervention and developing communication skills with your child, your family will make decisions regarding the most appropriate strategies to make speech and communication accessible for you and your child.
Melissa is a qualified Teacher of the Deaf and has completed a Graduate Certificate in Auslan Studies. With 13 years experience working with children from infancy through to leaving school, she is extremely passionate about enhancing your child’s communication skills and language development. Melissa is highly experienced and is committed to working with you as a family using evidence based strategies to achieve the best outcomes for you and your child. Language and communication skills are imperative for reading and writing achievement.
When working with children and their families, Melissa will create individual early intervention plans, in line with the Best Practices in Family-Centered Early Intervention for Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: An International Consensus Statement, to enhance the communication and language skills for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This will include evidence based, longitudinal development monitoring tools that will record your child’s communication and language development from infancy through to the early years of his or her education.
Melissa’s focus is to work with families to provide communication opportunities, enhance language skills and develop partnerships with interdisciplinary teams where appropriate: