Family Wellness Services
Parents and children who are hard of hearing or deaf face the day-to-day stresses that come with hearing loss and may need to practice skills to make life easier. At the Center for Childhood Communication, we believe that the most important ingredient for a child’s healthy development and success is the child’s family. To support our patients and their families, we established the Family Wellness Services in 2000.
Our Family Wellness Services include individual and family counseling, consultations and referrals to mental health professionals, advocacy, information and resources, and introductions to peers or adults with similar hearing loss.
- Confidential consultation and support around your child’s social, emotional and behavioral development, interaction with others at home, school and in the community.
- Consultation and training for families, educators, behavioral health and other human service professionals around effective assessment and intervention with children and families with deaf or hard of hearing members.
Information and resources
- Information on strategies to help children develop their emotional, behavioral and social competence skills.
- Accommodations that allow children to participate in activities in their home, school and community just like any other child their age.
- Access to state and local community services, support and resources.
Referrals and introductions
- Mental health providers who work with families with hard-of-hearing or deaf members
- Families who have a child with hearing loss similar to your child's
- Hard-of-hearing or deaf adults who may be supportive to you and your child
- Professional parent and legal advocates in your state
Louise Montoya, MA, LPC, CSC is a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor and sign language interpreter, with 26 years professional and a lifetime of personal experience with deafness and hearing loss. Louise works with children and teens with hearing loss and their families.
Rebecca Witmer, LCSW, a licensed clinical social worker, serves as the CCC’s family wellness counselor. Rebecca works with children and teens with cochlear implants and their families, and families considering a cochlear implant for their child.
How to get help from the Family Wellness Services
- Ask your child’s managing audiologist to make a referral for your child.
- For children with cochlear implants, contact Rebecca Witmer at 215-590-7443 or e-mail witmerR@email.chop.edu.
- For children with hearing loss (who do not use cochlear implants) contact Louise Montoya at 215-590-7453 or e-mail Montoya@email.chop.edu.
We practice family-centered care, educating and empowering you to make informed decisions about the emotional, social and behavioral well-being of your child and entire family.