Newly Diagnosed Weekend for Families of Children with a Hearing Loss



Chime, The National Charity for Deafness and Hearing Loss, is hosting a weekend for families whose child has recently been diagnosed with a hearing loss. We would like to invite you and your family to attend on Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th March 2023 in the 4 star Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise.

We realise that for parents, the diagnosis of your child’s hearing loss may be somewhat of a shock and you may have questions about hearing loss, audiology, communication and your child’s development. The benefit of the weekend is having the information you need in the one place. It is also a chance to meet other families at a similar stage to yourselves. We run workshops on communication development, hearing aid care and assistive technology for school and the home. 

Our aim is to offer all families a supportive and confidential environment to share your own experiences. Families stay for the duration of the weekend in the hotel allowing you to chat with our team of experts and other families in a social and relaxed atmosphere. While parents attend the workshops, a professional childcare service is provided. Childcare is located in the hotel for children aged 4 months to 12 years. The crèche services are operated by Catkins on the Move who are registered and compliant with HSE and Tusla regulations.

The cost of the weekend is €70 per adult and €40 per child and please select the relevant tickets for your family . Children who are under 16 weeks old on 3rd March are free due to not being eligible to attend the creche but please do book a baby ticket from the drop down above. This fee covers overnight accommodation on the Friday and Saturday night, all meals and childcare.


For more information

Call Teresa on 086 045 5339 or email