Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Michael Jennings from the Sydney Roosters helped launch an iPad app at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children on Monday (August 12).
Aimed at helping children to develop their listening and language skills, the app also provides parents with techniques and strategies to assist them in fostering these important skills.
Currently sitting at the top of the NRL ladder, the Roosters have had a phenomenal season which has resulted in a bumper year of contributions to the Steggles Sydney Roosters Charity Nest — a charity initiative which raises much needed funds for Australian children’s charities.
In 2013, the institute was named the Steggles Sydney Roosters Charity Nest ‘Charity of Choice’ — a partnership which has provided not only much-needed funds, but also an outstanding opportunity to raise awareness of the work of the institute.
The donations received by institute will go toward purchasing iPads for children accessing institute services.
Institute chief executive, Chris Rehn, said that early diagnosis along with advances in technologies such as high-powered hearing aids and cochlear implants have ensured children who are deaf have more opportunities than ever to reach their potential.
“Increasingly, mainstream technology such as the iPad is helping to provide access for children with hearing loss,” Mr Rehn said.
“Resources such as the app we’ve developed, enhance the learning experience for children who are deaf and reinforce the important listening skills they will need to learn language – but in a fun and engaging way.’’The Incy Wincy Spider app is the fourth in a series of apps based around popular children’s songs, offering sing-a-long music and interactive games aimed at reinforcing a child’s listening and language skills.
To download the app, visit www.ridbc.org.au/apps