Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
– Children and Youth

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Children between 0 and 18 years of age (or 18 to 21 years of age if still attending high school) with a significant and persistent hearing loss, who wish to receive services in English or in ASL (American Sign Language).

Services offered:

  • Assessment of the child’s functional status and developmental level (hearing, speech, behaviour, etc.)
  • Interventions supporting the child’s development
  • Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT)or any other approach, according to need
  • American Sign Language (ASL) classes
  • Psychosocial support for the child and his/her family
  • Assessment, counselling and training in the use of technical aids
  • Support for integration into daycare, school and leisure activities
  • Parent workshops and group support (school integration, behaviour management, etc.)
  • "Explorations" Program assisting parents to explore various communication options and to choose the one best suited to their child
  • “Deaf Buddies” leisure activity for adolescents
  • Medical consultation (developmental paediatrics; Ear, Nose and Throat)
  • Complete Intensive Functional Rehabilitation (IFR) Program before and after a cochlear implant which includes:
    • Intensive functional rehabilitation program
    • Cochlear implant technical support
      (troubleshooting and emergency service: 514-488-5552, ext. 4016 or at

A multidisciplinary team of professionals working in collaboration to respond to the needs identified by the client/parents from the following disciplines:

  • Audiology
  • Education in ASL (American Sign Language)
  • Medicine (developmental paediatrics; Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT))
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Special Care Counselling
  • Speech & Language Pathology
  • Social Service

Types of interventions:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group interventions

Services are offered:

  • At the MAB site
  • In the child’s environment (home, daycare, school)

Communication options:

  • Spoken English
  • Spoken English supported by signs
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Bilingualism (ASL and English)

Other Services and partnerships:

  • Service for Assistive Technology: Deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Camp Massawippi Summer camp, a fully adapted residential summer camp located in the Eastern Townships
  • Mackay Centre School, a specialized English Montreal School Board school housed at the Mackay site
  • Employment service
  • American Sign Language (ASL) classes

To access services:

  • To be eligible to receive services, the child must be diagnosed with a sensorineural or permanent conductive hearing loss and report persistent and significant difficulties in executing life habits as a result of the hearing loss.
  • The referral source must include a copy of the audiogram as well as any other pertinent report with the Request for Services Form (DSIE Form for professionals working within the Health and Social Services Network).
  • All documents must be sent to Admissions.

To make a request for services:
Service de l'accueil, évaluation, orientation (AEO)

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