Welcome to the Belong website. Going to school provides children with opportunities to build their social and emotional skills. Children who are Deaf or hard of hearing may experience difficulties at school with socialising or communicating with others due to their hearing loss which can affect their social and emotional learning.
The Belong website was developed with help from children who are Deaf or hard of hearing, their parents and caregivers, Teachers of the Deaf, school teachers and organisations who support children and families. Students, parents and teachers can use the profile, information and handy tips on the website to help with some of the challenges faced by children who are Deaf or hard of hearing at school.
Belong is a three-year project being conducted by the Telethon Kids Institute with the support of the Ear Science Institute Australia, School of Special Education Needs: Sensory (SSEN: Sensory) and Telethon Speech & Hearing (TSH). The project is funded by Healthway.