Hear at Home is an alliance of two independent certified auditory-verbal therapists who own and operate separate services.
Pia Leeming originally qualified as a teacher of the deaf as a result of having children with hearing impairment at her own primary school while growing up. She went home from school at the age of 9 years and told her mother she wanted to work with deaf children.
After completing her teacher of the deaf qualifications, Pia began working at the now Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre in 1992. After a number of years of supporting children with hearing impairment in the kindergarten program, she was awarded a scholarship to study the auditory-verbal approach in the United States.
Working at the Manchester Paediatric Cochlear Implant Program in the UK, Pia gained a greater interest in the audiological management of young children. She later completed a post graduate degree in audiology and was certified as an Auditory-Verbal Therapist through the Alexander Graham Bell Academy in the US in 1997.
Pia combined her qualifications of audiologist, teacher of the deaf and auditory-verbal therapist and worked in various clinical and educational settings within Western Australia. She was appointed clinical supervisor of the early intervention team at Telethon Speech and Hearing in 2010. During this time, she mentored staff members through the process of becoming certified auditory-verbal therapists.
Pia is committed to the auditory-verbal approach that demonstrates the great majority of children with hearing impairment have the potential to become confident and competent listening and speaking individuals who can be offered the same life choices as their typically hearing peers. By partnering with parents, Pia loves the challenge of ensuring that all children with hearing impairment are functioning optimally in the hearing world in which we live.
Bronwyn has been working with children with hearing impairment for over 30 years. She is a teacher of the deaf, and qualified as a certified Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) in 2009. Bronwyn has worked in early intervention for the last 15 years, working with individual families, writing and implementing a kindergarten program as well as devising and teaching small group language programs. She has also supported regional families using tele health technology.
Bronwyn has set up and worked within programs that support children with hearing impairment in mainstream primary and high schools.
Bronwyn believes that the most efficient and effect approach towards assisting a child with hearing loss to learn to listen and talk is to work together with parents in the family home enabling learning through every day routines and occurrences.
Hear at Home is a registered Better Start Early Intervention Service Provider as well as a National Disability Insurance Scheme service provider.