Up to 40% of deaf children have additional needs. For deaf children with the most complex needs, deafness can be overshadowed by their other difficulties.
Our guide, Supporting the Achievement of hearing impaired children in special schools, is a brilliant resource for staff working with deaf children in special schools. But as we all know, teachers and other school support staff are busy people who might not have the time to read 60 plus pages of (excellent) advice.
So, we decided to create a video to share the top five tips we wanted people to take away from the guide:
1: How to spot a child with hearing loss
2: Know how to manage a deaf child’s hearing technology
3: Create a good listening environment
4: Make sure communication works
5: Promote listening skills
We filmed at Foreland Fields School in Broadstairs on a very cold day in January 2017. Staff and pupils at the school made us very welcome, especially the infant class who loved our cameraman’s beard!
We filmed in three different classrooms (the Total Communication class was one of the most beautifully decorated classrooms I’ve ever seen – with artwork that moved whenever the door opened or closed). We also managed to get some great outside shots – and the pupils didn’t complain once about the freezing conditions. And I mean freezing – the camera batteries kept running down because it was so cold.
You can watch our video on our YouTube channel. Please share it with anyone you think would be interested.
The video was produced with support from the National Sensory Impairment Partnership, and funded as a project by the Department for Education.