Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC

Children's Hearing & Speech Centre of BC


Children's Hearing & Speech Centre of BC help children who are deaf and hard of hearing learn how to listen and speak using proven clinical and educational models.

1. Children who are deaf or have hearing loss are at a significant disadvantage in society - with assistive technology, such as Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids, children can be taught listening and language skills to increase their potential.
2. When children who are deaf or hard of hearing receive assistive technology, they still require specific clinical and educational oversight in order to grow their language and hearing skills; just because they have a hearing aid or a cochlear implant doesn't mean they now have full language and hearing skills.
3. Children's Hearing and Speech Centre of BC employees certified and highly educated Speech & Language Pathologists, Early Childhood Educators, Teachers of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, an Audiologist, and an Occupational Therapist, to work collaboratively with each child and their family to increase the child's language and hearing skills, guaranteeing success and growing the child's potential.

To help children who are deaf and hard of hearing achieve their greatest potential through teaching listening and spoken language skills, regardless of their family's ability to pay or where they live in the province.

Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC (EST. 1963) is a family-focused clinical and educational centre that teaches children who are deaf and hard of hearing to listen and talk, giving them the skills and confidence they need to achieve their fullest potential.

  • Education
  • Empowerment
  • Health & Wellness
  • Learning
  • People with disabilities
In 2001, the parents of Aerin Leavitt, a shy four-year old girl, admitted her into our First Words Program. Aerin was born with profound hearing loss (deafness), but it was not until the age of 12 months that she was diagnosed as being deaf. And due to that 12-month gap in diagnosis, she had delayed speech and cognitive development. When Aerin came to CHSC, she already had a medical procedure that enabled her to use a cochlear implant. Through her hard work and dedication, as well as support from her parents and all the staff at CHSC, she thrived and excelled in learning speech and language. After Aerin finished Grade 1, she was ready to transition to West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver, where we continued to work with her one-on-one all the way to Grade 12. “I loved it here. I had so much fun. But more importantly, I learned how to talk and hear. And, I learned how to ask for help, which is a skill I’ve used my whole life. Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC laid the foundation for my ability to learn and excel academically. Quite simply, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.” Today, Aerin is in her second year at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she is pursuing and Education and Arts Degree.

  • Arts and Education
  • Children and Youth
  • Family and Community
  • Health and Wellness

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children (Newborn to age 9)




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