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The Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf
The Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf is a multi-purpose, multi-program facility that functions both as a community centre for the Deaf, and as a provider of services to the Deaf. The Centre operates a wide variety of programs, as well as offering a home for the activities and offices of Deaf groups and associations. Several of our programs are residential, with apartments on site, and so the Centre is also home to Deaf seniors and Deaf people with special needs.
Rumball Family Resource Centre  
The Ontario Early Years Centre
 
The Ontario Early Years Centre at the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf offers a drop-in playgroup for Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing parents, caregivers and children.   We are a satellite of the Thorncliffe OEYC and receive our funding from Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Offices. 
 
Our OEYC aims to provide children between the ages of birth and 6 years, the opportunity to engage in pretend play, reading circles, crafts, sensory activities, and music while learning to follow directions, to make connections between written, signed and spoken languages, and to interact with their peers. 
 
Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to receive support and guidance from professionals in early child development about issues such as breast feeding, post-natal nutrition, healthy child development, behavioural challenges, play ideas, and shared reading techniques.  
 
Staff are proficient in American Sign Language and interpreters are provided at all workshops. 
 
Drop-in programs are currently offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
 
Parent-Infant Program
The Parent-Infant program, funded by the City of Toronto Children’s Services, offers a unique program to families of children with an identified hearing loss. 
 
At the Parent-Infant Program, we aim to provide parents with unbiased information, answer questions and provide unconditional support during their child’s first six years of life. The children participate in interactive and imaginative communication based activities, sensory stimulation, early learning opportunities, and early literacy activities that promote school readiness and positive emotional and social development.  
PIP staff are on hand to help parents implement learning strategies, and work towards achieving goals for their children with regards to communication, behaviour, cognitive and academic skills.  
 
The Parent-Infant Program benefits from the respectful collaboration of parents and professionals with a wide range of experiences and knowledge about providing Deaf and hard of hearing children with communication, language and rich early childhood experiences. 
 
Staff are proficient in both spoken English and American Sign Language, matching the language choices of parents and communication needs of their children. 
 
Drop-in playgroups are available on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. 
 
Families registered with the Parent-Infant Program are able to use our McDonald’s Family Resource Library. This parent resource and toy lending library ensures that families of Deaf and hard of hearing children have free access to a wide variety of materials.   Parents are able to borrow information on Deafness, hearing aids, Cochlear Implants, American Sign Language, Deaf culture/history, auditory verbal therapy, sign language acquisition, spoken language development, and child development. Children are able to access and try games and activities for auditory and/or visual ability development. 
 
The library can be accessed during PIP hours. 
 
Contact:
Sheila Waller-Kellen
Early Development Specialist
(416) 449-9651 ext. 105
email: skellen@bobrumball.org

 

 
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