Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Getting started

Each deaf or hard of hearing child is different and, as parents, you will know the best ways to support them. 

The deaf and hard of hearing services team have created a number of resources to compliment the curriculum provided and suit a variety of communication needs. Wherever possible you will find links to materials presented in Auslan, as well as a collection of top tips and useful hints to help you to keep your children engaged and learning in ways that meet their specific needs.

We understand that deaf and hard of hearing children may need additional considerations when learning at home and we are looking at ways to connect students with support staff on a regular basis so we they can stay connected with others.

We will continue to update these resources.

Initial queries regarding learning at home to be directed through your school contact, they can then link you to regional and state services.

Your student’s teacher or  Advisory Visiting Teacher (AVT)—hearing impairment can assist you to make specific adjustments and implement strategies that will support your student to continue accessing and completing their schoolwork from home.

Alternatively enquiries can be made by contacting the statewide deaf and hard of hearing service via:

Telephone: (07) 3028 8102

Supporting learning at home

Deaf and Hard of Hearing learning@home

The Queensland Deaf and Hard of Hearing learning@home site houses resources including Auslan videos for Kindy-Year 2, Years 3-4, 5-6 and Junior Secondary students. Students can access the site by using their EQ username and password.

Students will be sent site access information by their teacher, AVT or Regional Auslan Coach. If your child has not received their access by Friday 3 April please contact Deaf and Hard of Hearing Statewide Services.

Apps supporting language development

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children have a number of educational apps that include Auslan Tutor and Sign and Sounds, as well as Auslan Storytime, Song apps, Adapting Signs.

Wellbeing for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students

While learning from home, it is important to consider your child's wellbeing.

Accessing appropriate information is a good starting point. There are a number of interpreted and captioned resources that you can use to talk with your child about what is going on in the world right now.

Resources for children

Resources for parents

Learning in K-2: Sally and Possum

Sally and Possum is an innovative video series for young children who use Auslan.

A set of Little Books is available for Season 1. These can be printed out and used with your children. The teaching guide is also available and offers some great suggestions for ways to use the episodes as teaching moments.

View all Sally and Possum episodes on ABCiview.

Last updated 20 September 2023