Deaf Services Queensland offers classes to parents wishing to learn Auslan for their Deaf or hard of hearing children.

There are currently three choices available to families:

  • Parents can enrol in a Baby Sign class
  • Parents can enrol in an Community Auslan Class OR
  • A tutor can come to your home and teach your whole family to sign with our Auslan at Home program

Auslan At Home

Our Auslan at Home service provides a tailored Auslan learning program to suit the needs of individual families. As a family accessing this service, you will receive personalised teaching on topics/situations that are relevant to your family.

As well as learning the language, our Deaf tutors will provide cultural awareness training (eg. gaining attention, how to eat and sign at the dinner table) to ensure that you are able to create a positive and enriching language environment at home.

The classes run for an hour a week across eight weeks at a time that suits your family and the tutor.

Better Start

Better Start for Children with a Disability is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Social Services (DSS). It allows eligible families with a child under 6 years of age, who is Deaf or hard of hearing to apply for funding for their child to access early intervention services.

Children registered with Better Start can access up to $12,000 (maximum $6,000 per year) to pay for early intervention services.

If you are eligible for Better Start funding, course fees for any of these courses may be covered under the Better Start Initiative. For more information go to the Better Start website link below or email auslan@deafsq.org.au