Parent Portal

Welcome to the Belong Parent Portal
Below you can find information about the social and emotional learning needs of your child and advice and tips on how you can help your child in these areas.
Advice and tips for communicating with your child’s school and classroom teacher are also provided, and links to further information and support.

Information & tips

Effective communication skills

Language influences how we are able to share emotions and it may affect a child’s learning ability and other functions, including problem solving, planning, understanding the emotions of others and developing friendships. Rather than hearing loss directly impacting a…

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Identity formation and self-image

Talking to your child about positive self-esteem, realistic self-image and self-confidence can build your child’s resilience skills to help them deal with challenges and opportunities they may face. Key messages Self-esteem is the way we feel about ourselves. …

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Internet and social media

The Internet and social media play an important role in the lives of young people. For children who are Deaf or hard of hearing, online communication may be particularly beneficial as it provides an alternative method to communicate, interact with others and…

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Parent and family communication

Children in mid to late primary school can be difficult to communicate with. An increasing desire for independence and complex feelings and emotions can make it hard for young people to feel comfortable expressing themselves. Talking with and listening to your…

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Bullying prevention

Bullying is an intentional and repeated behaviour. It is not accidental. Bullying can be physical, verbal, and/or psychological and there is intent to cause fear, distress, or harm to another. It is done by a more powerful person or group against a less powerful…

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Friendships play an important role in a child’s school experience. Friendships are important in the development of someone’s self-identity. Key messages Quality friendships are important for the development of social and emotional wellbeing. Parents can assist…

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Managing emotions

Everyone experiences a wide range of emotions every day. It is important for children to learn how to recognise, label and manage their own emotions. This in turn allows children to understand other people’s feelings and respond appropriately to them….

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Hearing loss and social & emotional needs of children

The social, emotional, intellectual and physical aspects of a child’s development are all connected. Each influences the other. The relationship between hearing and broader …

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Mechanics and types of hearing loss

The ear is a complex organisation of skin, bones, fluids, and nerve cells. It receives sound waves, processes them and sends them to your brain. The brain processes these signals which enables you to hear. This all happens almost instantaneously. Sound travels….

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Communicating with the school

The classroom teacher will benefit from having information about your child’s hearing, as well as their social and learning needs to support your child’s school experiences. Communicating with your child’s teacher early in each school year will…

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You can also access the following information included in the School Staff Portal of this website:
Tips for teachers
Hearing loss & social and emotional wellbeing
Mechanics and types of hearing loss
Hearing loss & educational outcomes

Aussie Deaf Kids
Hearing Australia
Ear Science Institute Australia
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children – Cochlear Implantation Guidelines
School of Special Educational Needs: Sensory
Telethon Speech and Hearing
Access Plus
WA Foundation for Deaf Children