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Information Weekend for Families with Children
Newly Diagnosed with a Hearing Loss 2015

DeafHear Friday 11th October Sunday 13th October 2013

Friday 27th February to Sunday 1st March 2015
in The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois

This is a residential weekend that will bring families together from across the country and will give them the opportunity to gain information and support from peers and professionals.

Parents who attended in September 2014 said…
“You answered so many questions I needed I couldn’t ask for more.”

“It was great to m eet the other families and really enjoyed talking to all the DeafHear staff who were lovely and helpful.”
“It was great to meet others in the same said… situation and to be able to listen to the sound of the audiogram, mother group session, speech therapy session and family panel and deaf awareness and technology. We will bring home lots of information and support. Thank you once again.” “Expectations ex ceeded and would highly recommend it to any family with a new diagnosis.”

Family Information Weekend

On the last weekend in February 2015, will host its bi-annual information weekend for families with children who have been newly diagnosed with a hearing loss. The previous weekends were a great success and the feedback from the families that attended was extremely positive, some of these comments can be seen on our website While visiting the website please take the opportunity to look at our Parents Corner Site which has information specifically for parents.

More Informaion:

ParParents Corner is a section on DeafHear’s website dedicated to providing information and support to parents...


The weekend will bring families from across the country together, to give you the opportunity to gain information about supports available locally and nationally from professionals and peers. The weekend will be led by experienced DeafHear staff. In attendance will be relevant professionals, all of whom have a vast amount of experience working with children with a hearing loss. There will be a session with a Deaf person and their sibling / family members regarding their experiences growing up in a hearing family. There will also be ample opportunities to talk to other families and DeafHear staff.

We are pleased to offer children aged 14 years and under the chance to take part in a wide range of activities in age-appropriate childcare rooms run by trained and experienced childcare workers, while parents participate in the sessions.

The weekend is residential to enable families to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential environment.

The Heritage Hotel is in Portlaoise Town, only one mile from the Dublin/Limerick/Cork Motorway – the most accessible central location in Ireland. This luxury 4 star midlands hotel is only one hour from Dublin with direct rail access from any part of the country. The hotel offers a number of family rooms (limited to 4 family members – a supplement may be incurred if additional accommodation is required), residents also have access to a fitness suite and swimming pool.

The cost of attending the weekend is €70 per adult (16 and over) and €40 per child (under 16) for the weekend. All accommodation, meals, information pack and children’s activities will be provided by DeafHear. If you would like to participate in this weekend, please complete the booking form and return by Friday 6th February 2015, or if you would like more information please contact:

Siobhán Egan
Family Resource Worker
Mobile: 086 605 2205

(Places are very limited, to avoid disappointment please book early)

Please return the completed booking form and payment to:
Siobhán Egan, Family Resource Worker,, Pery Street, Limerick.


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Newly Diagnosed Weekend 2015
- Information and Booking Form

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