Rehab &Support Infants & Children with Cochlear Implants

Tasmanian Health Service - Northern Region

Rehabilitation and Support for Infants and Children with Cochlear Implants

The best outcomes are obtained by a multidisciplinary team working together. Comprehensive cochlear implant care can be provided by our team or can be “shared” with other implant or early intervention services.

Audiology

In order to obtain maximum benefit from cochlear implantation long term support is needed. This includes regular programing of the speech processor as well as learning to make sense of the new sounds.

Our implant audiologist can provide information to teachers and other professionals on how to manage your child’s device, what to expect from a child with a cochlear implant and how to maximise their listening environments. School visits and attendances at case conference can also be arranged.

Family Support

Practical and emotional support can be provided to help you and your child get the most benefit from their implant and the therapy provided.

The Family Support Facilitator can help you find out about additional services that your child may benefit from as well as help you understand the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). If required we can help you develop your yearly service plan and advocate on your behalf with the NDIS care coordinators.

Case conferences can be organised to ensure all the professionals involved in your child’s care understand the benefits and limitations of cochlear implants and what support your child requires.

The Family Support Facilitator can see you at the Royal Hobart Hospital, Audiology Department or can arrange to visit you at home. Support can be provided face to face, via phone or email.

Families are generally referred to the Family Support Facilitator by members of the Implant Team, but referrals are accepted from other professionals or you can contact the Family Support Facilitator directly.

Speech Pathology

The sound provided by a cochlear implant is different to normal hearing or that provided by a hearing aid. When a child first receives a cochlear implant they will need to learn how to listen with their device and understand what they hear. A specialist speech and language therapy program will be developed for your child for the first 12 months following implantation. This program will be matched to your child’s needs and discussed with you as your child progresses.

After the initial 12 months, most children can be transferred to a generalist speech pathologist. The Implant Clinic Speech Pathologist will provide a yearly review to make sure your child’s speech and language development is on track, and they are accessing the most appropriate intervention services.  Information about areas that may require further input as well as independent advice on what supports your child could benefit from will be provided. You will receive a copy of the assessment report to keep and share with other professionals. If required, we can also act as a consultative service for your child’s local speech pathologist.

If you have concerns about your child’s progress additional assessments can be provided.

Blocks of targeted specialist speech therapy to address specific speech and language concerns related to your child’s hearing loss can be provided. These will be unique to your child and will be discussed with you as your child progresses.

Our speech pathologist can provide information to teachers and other professionals on how to maximise your child’s progress. School visits and attendances at case conferences can also be arranged.