RIDBC celebrates inspiring mothers on Mother’s Day

Lisa Matousek and her daughter Mia, who attends RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre.

This Mother’s Day, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is celebrating inspirational mums of children with vision or hearing loss, like Brookvale mother, Lisa Matousek.

At just three months of age, Lisa’s daughter Mia was diagnosed with bilateral hearing loss (hearing loss in both ears.)

“When Mia was born her ear canals were underdeveloped, preventing sound from getting through,” said Lisa.

Soon after a visit to a paediatric audiologist, Mia and her mother, Lisa’s journey began with RIDBC.

“Seeking appropriate support for my daughter has involved a lot of research, homework and scheduling of appointments,” said Lisa. “But it has all been worth it knowing I am doing everything I can to help give her the best possible start.”  

Mia is now 19 months old and attends individual weekly sessions at RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre, Waverley. Here she works on listening and communication skills with her speech pathologist, Terry Meskin.

“Mia has made exciting progress,” said Terry. “She has blossomed into a little girl who is able to listen and enjoys singing, dancing and playing with her mum. She loves to use her newly acquired words to let people know what she wants and thinks!

“Lisa is very devoted to providing Mia with every opportunity to reach her full potential. It has been a privilege to see the special relationship that has developed between Mia and her mum.”

Lisa says that services provided through RIDBC have been an essential support to her as a mum.

“Services provided at RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre are so beneficial for Mia’s development," said Lisa.

"However, the knowledge I acquire as a parent with her in these sessions is what really makes a difference.

“Thanks to the support we receive from Terry, I always leave the session with confidence and a few new tricks up my sleeve to encourage Mia’s language and communication skills. With the help of RIDBC I never feel alone on this journey.

RIDBC Matilda Rose Centre provides an environment in which children with hearing loss, including those with additional needs, and their families, receive specialised, integrated and intensive programs to optimise listening, relating and communicating. The centre is staffed by an experienced transdisciplinary team including special educators, speech and language pathologists, audiologists, an occupational therapist and physiotherapist. 

“Mother's Day is an opportunity to express gratitude for your mum and remind her how wonderful she is. As for me, Mia's too young to understand yet so I'll spend the day showing her how grateful I am to be her mum!”

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.