Hearing Awareness Week: Experience Books

Looking for a strategy to squeeze more language into the interactions your child with hearing loss has with you, family and friends? Wanting to build vocabulary about your home, an upcoming holiday, extended family members or in preparation for school?


  • Thursday, 5 March, 2020
    9:30 am - 11:00 am
Course Code:   CPE20HAW-EB

Course Information

Looking for a strategy to squeeze more language into the interactions your child with hearing loss has with you, family and friends? Wanting to build vocabulary about your home, an upcoming holiday, extended family members or in preparation for school? Hoping to target grammatical structures and processes in a fun and engaging way? Experience Books may be what you are looking for!This workshop will be run by an experienced Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf, who has had many years teaching and working with children with hearing loss. Come along to this 90 minute, interactive and hands on workshop where you can learn to create paper and digital experience books! Bring family photos, pictures or crafty supplies!


  • Andrew Kendrick
    Andrew Kendrick has worked extensively in the field of Auditory-Verbal Therapy over the past 27 years. Andrew’s work as therapist, consultant, lecturer, and publisher has given him the opportunity to live and work in Australia, Singapore and China. During this time Andrew has gained significant experience in working with children, parents, teachers, therapists, audiologists and other related professionals across cultures. In Singapore he was director of a Cochlear Implant Program providing pre and post cochlear implant support. As Program Development Manager for The Shepherd Centre, a large non-government auditory-verbal intervention centre in Australia, during this time the organisation established an internal training and mentoring program and external professional development courses as well as delivering improved accountability across the organisation for children’s outcomes. Across Asia Pacific he has supported the development and delivery of training programs for professionals, as well as establishing the Beijing Training and Education Centre, introducing AVT and improved paediatric audiology to China. In his role as Global Rehabilitation Manager for Cochlear Ltd, Andrew developed and drove the rehabilitation strategy for the company to ensure candidates, recipients and professionals are well supported across the globe. Andrew currently is the Coordinator for Early Learning Program, Hearing Impairment, Western Sydney, RIDBC where he has a case load and supports the teachers and therapists. Andrew has presented and lectured extensively at national and international conferences across the globe. Andrew is a certified LSLS Cert. AVT and served four years on the Board of Directors of the A G Bell Academy.
  • Trudy Smith
    Trudy Smith has been a teacher of the Deaf for 20 years and has worked in inclusive classrooms in Queensland and New South Wales. She is an LSLS Cert AVT. and has mentored and trained teachers, related health professionals around the world. Trudy is the Manager of Continuing Professional Education at the RIDBC Renwick Centre and the President of the National Association of Australian Teachers of the Deaf.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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