Many professionals in smaller communities have had minimal experience in working with deaf and hard of hearing children, and few of them have had the opportunity to receive specialized training in deafness and hearing loss. BCFHRS has invested over 20 years in BC communities, building their capacity to meet the needs of children with deafness or hearing loss. Our staff support community-based services by providing training and consultation to community service providers such as teachers, infant development consultants, speech-language pathologists, day care workers and supported child care consultants.
Our Partnerships workshops are intended for professionals working with children who have hearing loss, and are offered throughout BC and at our Centre in Surrey. The curriculum consists of hands-on activities, discussions and lectures designed to support community service providers with knowledge and resource materials.
Our extensive resource/lending library is available to parents, families and professionals. Materials include information and support books, educational video and audiotapes, professional journals and texts, training manuals, and children’s books. The library catalogue is also available online.
My Turn to Learn: A Communication Guide for Parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children – An essential guide for parents who want direct information after the diagnosis of hearing loss in their child. This specialized resource, created and published in many languages by the BC Family Hearing Resource Centre, is being used internationally as a key resource for parents and early intervention professionals. Thanks to the Provincial Health Services Early Hearing Program for providing funding for translation of My Turn to Learn in traditional and simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Korean and Farsi, and to our past and current families who provided their photos for each cover.