To teach children who are deaf to speak so that they can function optimally in a hearing world.
The Carel du Toit Centre follows a natural language acquisition approach through the maximum use of the auditory modality and the application of auditory verbal principles.
- We believe that a child who is hearing impaired has the same capacity to acquire functional spoken language as children who can hear.
- The child who is hearing impaired must be exposed to day-long listening through the use of appropriate hearing technologies e.g. Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants etc.
- A normal hearing environment is created – the same as for hearing children – where the child who is hearing impaired learns language through natural experiences and interaction.
- The intensive language learning environment leads the child to linguistic competence. This must extend into the school years and become a way of life.