Deaf or Hard of Hearing lessons
All Coaches have undergone Deaf Awareness Training and completed an Auslan in the Workplace course. Coaches are able to finger spell and are proficient in basic greetings, conversation, and tennis-specific words.
All children are fully engaged and Coaches go above and beyond to assist children to access the sport of tennis, so being deaf or hard of hearing is no barrier to participation at our club. It does not matter if your child is not very oral, as our Coaches are able to communicate in a variety of ways.
“My husband and I were delighted when we found out through my son’s school about a Tennis Club in Melbourne offering lessons for Deaf and hard-of-hearing children. We were even more thrilled to learn that this would be offered at a Tennis Club so close to our home in Blackburn North. That was many years ago and Jacob, our son, is still enjoying the opportunity to grow in this sport through the coaching program. I can’t thank Vicky and all the Slamin Tennis coaches enough for the way in which Jacob’s communication and additional needs have been catered for along the way. Jacob is currently in a group with hearing children and we have no problem at all with that. They are all lovely, kind, and considerate children and Jacob feels part of a team in a way, which has been great for his social skills. I am so grateful that Vicky has led the charge in ensuring tennis is accessible to all.”