“With early detection and intervention, deaf children can learn to speak if there are no other complications.” The late Emeritus Professor Carel du Toit, ENT surgeon and founder of the Carel du Toit Centre.
This is the founding philosophy on which a great man based the establishment of the Carel du Toit Centre, where children with hearing impairment learn spoken language through natural learning experiences and parental guidance. We understand that diagnosis of a child’s hearing loss can set your mind racing with many concerns and questions, and at the Carel du Toit Centre you will find the answers and support you need to ease your family’s journey and find direction for the many decisions ahead.
The Carel du Toit Centre in Parow, Cape Town, offers an all-encompassing, structured school environment with an early intervention programme, pre-primary and foundation phase for children with hearing impairment. Infants of a few weeks old and diagnosed with deafness or hearing loss, start their journey with the school through their parents’ participation and then become the schools ‘Hotpots’ from two years of age. The aim of the Centre’s intervention is for its children to enter mainstream schools and have adequate spoken language to integrate into the hearing society.