Infant Hearing Program

What need is addressed by the program?

This client-centered program is for parents of infants and pre-school children who require support or counselling as they adjust to the knowledge that their child is deaf or hard of hearing.  The therapist provides supportive counselling and can help to connect you and your family with the service providers you wish to meet and will connect you with other community agencies to help ensure that all of your needs as a family are met.This program provides counselling support to families in an office or home based setting. This could be in the form of either a brief or longer term service, depending on the client need.

What will the program help me achieve?

The program will assist parents to:

  • develop a greater understanding of their strengths and the challenges of having a child with a hearing impairment
  • learn tools and strategies to manage their feelings about their child’s diagnosis
  • learn tools and strategies to best support their child with identified challenges and overall functioning
  • become aware of available community and other resources

What are the major service activities of the program?

The Infant Hearing Program involves 3 major service activities as follows:

  1. An initial assessment period to establish client needs and goals
  1. Family  counselling support
  1. Integrated services with the Simcoe County Early Intervention Services providers.

Where is the program located / available?

New Path offers the program in partnership with Royal Victoria Hospital in:

  • Alliston
  • Barrie
  • Bradford
  • Collingwood
  • Orillia
  • Midland

How do I access this program?

Parents and professionals can contact the Simcoe Muskoka Parry Sound Infant Hearing Program (705-739-5696 or 1-800-675-1979).

Who provides service in this program?

Counselling is provided by a Child and Family Therapist.

Is there a cost for this program?

No, this service is funded by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services.