HI HOPES works in partnership with audiologists, speech therapists and other professionals to promote the very best outcome for the Deaf or hard of hearing child.
Since the launch of the programme in September 2006, HI HOPES has expanded into 5 provinces: Gauteng, KZN, Western Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Our goal is to see a quality service offered nationwide.
Because of the close connection they build with the families of these children, our Home Interventionists are able to assist with compliance in the wearing hearing aids and follow up assessments – especially in cases where the child lives far from mainstream health services.
Our services contribute unique components, of the international gold standard of a multidisciplinary team approach, for services that should be available to a family, in order to see the comprehensive practice of Family Centered Early Intervention.
This visual indicates where our programme fits into this multidisciplinary approach.
We provide the 1) Home Interventionist and 2) d/Deaf or hard of hearing mentor (d/D or HH mentor), both indicated in orange. Our parent-led support programme, THRIVE, provides the “fellow parent” support as indicated in green. This is not the most recent version of this, please insert most recent version – SLT spelt out as speech and language therapist.
For more information about our programme and how it could support your patients, please contact us on 011 717 3750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll your patient in our programme.
We work with babies/children from 0-4 years of age. Older children (5-7) are assisted with a different length and type of support.
The child should be referred as soon as hearing loss is confirmed. Level of loss may still need to be diagnosed but we will prepare the family for the testing. We accept children with any kind and degree of hearing loss.
To refer a child in the HI HOPES programme, please call 011 717-3750 and ask to speak to Lizzy, Sel or any other HI HOPES Mentor.
We require the following information:
- Child’s full name
- Date of birth
- Home Language
- Mom’s, Caregiver’s or Guardian’s name and contact number
- Alternative contact name and number
- Address or area where the child lives
- Any other relevant infomation regarding the cause of the hearing loss or other challenges the child faces
- If the level and nature of hearing loss is known, please email a copy of the audiogram to: email@example.com
We are advocates for evidence based practice and informed choice. Our philosophies and practices are based on international gold standards of Family Centered Early Intervention. These can be found in the following 2 documents:
Then the HPCSA Position Statement can be found here.