Parents have told us that having the opportunity to speak with other parents when learning to take on the role of parenting a child who is deaf/hearing impaired can be a great help. We also know that often the best source of support and information comes from other parents with a child with a hearing loss.
You can find parent to parent support via a number of ways, POD Groups (parent support groups), the Parent to Parent Mentoring Program (P2P) or via Aussie Deaf Kids online parent group. All are available free to families.
"POD" is a network of local parent support groups open to parents and caregivers of children with any degree or type of deafness.
Raising a child with hearing loss provides unique challenges and rewards. Often it can be helpful to connect with other parents who can relate to your experiences. Even though stories are unique and the journey is individual, parents share the experience of wanting the best for their child. Whether you are just at the beginning of your journey or have many years experience, POD is a great place to meet. POD provides opportunities to meet other parents, offers information sessions and allows parents to share experiences at a regular venue every month.
For specific POD groups, please click here, and please note we are currently in the process of reviewing our POD Groups and Locations. Please get in contact with us and we can provide you with the details of your closest POD Group for your area.
Alternatively, if you have the time/skills or would like to be involved in organising a POD Group in your area, then please get in touch with us.
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Parent to Parent Mentoring Program
Are you the parent of a child with hearing loss? Are you feeling confused, isolated and worried? Would you like to talk to another parent who has been in similar circumstances about your concerns/challenges? Trained parent mentors offer the benefit of their experience, offering guidance, advice, support, and feedback to the parent.
Deaf Connect receives funding to support parents in New South Wales through the Parent to Parent Mentoring Program.
Aussie Deaf Kids
Aussie Deaf Kids offers an online support group for families, visit aussiedeafkids.org.au