Project SUNO

SUNO is our ongoing family tele-intervention program in India.

Children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and their families receive listening and spoken language therapy through distance communication technologies such as Skype, Google Hangouts and Zoom. Ahladhini Rao Dugar, teacher of the deaf, Uma Soman, certified auditory-verbal therapist, and Lisa Shaanan, pediatric occupational therapist and early childhood coach provide individual and group sessions for families.

Launched in January 2017 with six families in North India this project continues to grow to support families in other parts of the country. Our focus has been on

  • providing individualized and group support services to families,
  • helping parents gain a better understanding about hearing loss,
  • coaching parents in specific skills and strategies that will help support their child’s listening and spoken language development.

Project SUNO has been designed keeping in mind each family’s unique cultural background. Sessions have been conducted using the family’s home language to ensure parents and caregivers have a good understanding of information being shared. Participating families have found these sessions helpful.

“Fortunately I joined SUNO community from the very conception of my son’s implants. Both the professionals and parents were of great help especially in the early days when I was completely oblivious about the surgery, rehabilitation, everything and not to forget that immense emotional support.” Parent of 3-year-old child with profound hearing loss.

“This community is not just a community for us. We have been able to see a drastic change not only in my child’s speech but his behaviour too. We are really thankful that we have had an opportunity to be guided by such noble souls like you all. I am blessed to be a part of this group as a parent of the child who needs such a support. I have been able to explore child’s strengths and weaknesses and work accordingly.” Mother of 4-year-old cochlear implant user.

Listening Together looks forward to supporting parents through this project. If you are interested in learning more about our parent focused projects please email at