Speechreading is a highly useful skill that anyone can develop to help them better understand another person’s speech.
Speechreading is offered in the Spring and Fall. Classes are held in two locations – Montréal and the West Island. Classes are held in the daytime.
Speechreading is one of Hear Québec’s longest standing programs and has been running for over 35 years. Speechreading instructors are certified by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s National Speechreading Program. This Canada-wide instructor training initiative ensures participants receive the best quality instruction in speechreading and communication strategies.
Speechreading improves the quality of conversations by teaching people to interpret clues from:
- Jaw movements
- Facial expressions
- Tone of voice
- The topic of conversation
- People’s own residual hearing
Hear Québec takes it one step further. These classes are a welcoming space for members to share their hearing loss journeys and learn from each other. Our experienced instructors are open to answering any questions or concerns that you may have about your own communication difficulties.
Our courses not only help participants improve their overall sense of independence and ability to advocate for themselves, but also provide valuable information regarding hearing loss in general, the rights of people with hearing loss, as well as information about assistive listening devices and community resources to help participants fully engage in all aspects of life.
Once these communication skills are developed, they can be used at work, school, while travelling, at family gatherings, in restaurants, and in many other social situations.
In-person — Spring Speechreading Classes
We are happy to announce that in-person speechreading classes will be returning this fall while safely abiding by COVID-19 guidelines. Classes are held in two locations – Montréal and the West Island.
Read Our Lips Online Speechreading course in partnership with CHAA
Hear Québec has researched online speechreading courses for self-paced e-learning and has recommended the program put out by our partner the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA)
In the winter, you can join the online Read Our Lips speechreading course. We have seen success in the past with this program, and it comes with the benefit of learning to lipread at your own pace and from the comfort of your home.
If you are interested in signing up for this online course, attend our online information session to learn more and to get the members only discount code for up to 20% off the price of the course. Please mark your interest on the registration form and we will contact you if space is available. For more information, click on the registration button at the bottom of the page.
WINTER- SPECIAL PARTICIPATION GROUP
If you are interested in taking the “Read Our Lips” course and would like to attend weekly meetings starting on January 13th, 2022, you can be sponsored to receive the course for free!! To find out how you can sign up and become a participant in this group, please mark your interest on the registration form, and we will contact you if space is available.
Speechreading participant, Diana Wood, describes the most beneficial parts of the program as “making friends with classmates, developing the ability to advocate for my needs, learning from my classmates’ experiences, and realizing that I am not the only one in this coping with deafness.”
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