At The Elizabeth Foundation, we offer a wide range of services for deaf children from birth to five years old and their parents. Through all of our services we aim to help these children learn to listen and talk.
Early detection and hearing tests
From our very beginning, we have vigorously promoted the early diagnosis of hearing problems in babies and preschool children as this enables effective intervention as early as possible.
We now work in close partnership with Portmsouth Hospitals NHS Trust to provide 'gold standard' hearing screening and audiology services at our Hampshire Family Centre for babies and children in the Portsmouth area.
"Outstanding" preschool provision for deaf children
Ofsted has rated our preschool services as "Outstanding"
At our family centre in Hampshire we provide baby and toddler and preschool services. Through these services we aim to engage and stimulate deaf children throughout their preschool years, helping nurture strong listening skills that will equip them in their journey to developing speech and language.
Listen Group - for babies and pre-school children with conductive hearing loss
We provide a regular support group at our Hampshire Family Centre for babies and pre-school children with persistent 'glue ear' or unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss (This service was established with With pilot funding from Awards for All and Portsmouth CCG).
Listen Group - for babies and pre-school children with Down syndrome
We provide a regular support group at our Hampshire Family Centre for babies and pre-school children with Down syndrome who also have a hearing loss.
Speech and language therapy services
The Elizabeth Foundation offers specialist speech and language therapy services for deaf children up to 16 years old.
These services are provided by a therapist who has specialised in running speech and language services for children with hearing impairment.
Summer residential programme
Our week-long Summer Residential Programme is aimed at pre-school deaf children (2½ to 5 years old) and their families. It provides a fun and educational programme for pre-school children with hearing loss, their parents and their siblings.
Home learning programme
We designed our home learning programme to guide parents in helping their deaf child develop good listening and spoken language skills. This correspondence course is supported by our trained staff and is available to families of deaf children wherever they live. We are in the process of replacing this course witth our new online Let's Listen and Talk programme.
Let's Listen and Talk is The Elizabeth Foundation's brand new online home learning programme. We have created Let's Listen and Talk to help parents and carers support child in developing their listening and speaking skills during the crucial early years.
Let's Listen and Talk will replace our print-based Home Learning Programme. The Let's Listen and Talk Baby Programme and Toddler Programme are available now. The Pre-school Programme will be available later in 2017.
Services for professionals
We strive to work in partnershiip with the many professionals involved with every deaf child by providing specialist information, support and advice.
We aim to provide families with an opportunity for sharing information and experiences, developing a feeling of being together rather than alone in the fight to overcome the communication hurdle resulting from deafness.
Many of our staff are parents of deaf children and know first-hand what you are going through. This is one of the reasons we are committed to parental support and education.
Enabling access for all
We always want to ensure that cost will not prevent a family from receiving help, education and support from us in the important early years of their child's life. We make no charge for the baby and toddler programmes we provide at our family centre in Hampshire. We only request a small sessional contribution once the toddler graduates to our preschool programme at two and a half years old.
We also aim to provide access to our services to children with additional and/or complex diagnoses, and to secure additional funding to meet the individual needs of these children. We would like to thank the AlFayed Charitable Foundation for contributing towards the costs of supporting these children.
Supporting our free services
Please see our How You Can Help pages for details of how you can make a donation to help support our free services for preschool deaf children and babies.