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Is this a deaf thing?

Is my child misbehaving because of their personality, or is it because there is a breakdown in communication or understanding? Is it a Deaf Thing? Check out the link to the article on the Hands & Voices website… Download the Real Life Tips infographic. More information: Is this a deaf thing? – Hands & Voices Behaviour […]

Terminology

There are various terms for describing people with varying degrees or kinds of deafness. The most important and common terms are shown above. It can be a matter of personal preference, a cultural thing, and/or a language choice. So, to avoid offending someone, it is best to ask what term/s they prefer. For definitions and […]

How to explain a genetic condition to your child

Children can start asking why they have a hearing loss from a young age. It is not an easy discussion, and there are no hard and fast rules. Genetics is a complex topic, and the amount of information they need will depend on their age. Young children benefit from small amounts of information. They can […]

How youth can develop social capital

Social capital refers to the value and benefits that arise from an individual’s relationships, connections, and networks with others in a community or society. For most young people, having social capital is beneficial in transitioning to postsecondary education and employment. For adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), social capital can help them […]

When you change routine

When planning activities like holidays that are not part of your family’s regular routine, take the time to share the information with your child who is deaf or hard of hearing. They are unlikely to learn what’s happening from overhearing your conversations. Download the Real Life Tips infographic. More information: Building a routine – NDCS UK […]

Fun pragmatics

Pragmatics is the way in which we use language in different social situations. It’s important for taking part in conversations and interactions in socially acceptable ways. Most children develop pragmatics skills during their early years by being exposed to language around them and engaging socially with others. However, it can be more challenging for our […]

Don’t say “Don’t worry”

As parents, we can be guilty of saying, “Don’t worry”, when our kids with hearing loss say, “Pardon?”. We may say it because we are actually talking to someone else or we have answered our own question by the time our child responds. You may not realise it, but our kids get this a lot, […]

Deafness is NOT a learning disability

Some people have the misconception that deafness is a learning disability. It is not! However, without the right support, children who are deaf or hard of hearing can fall behind their hearing peers. That is why early diagnosis and intervention are crucial to giving your child timely access to language, whether signing, spoken or both! […]

Conversational skills

Communication and connection with family and friends are key goals for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. We usually learn how these interactions work through watching and overhearing people chatting with each other. Children with hearing loss can miss out on this learning experience. You can help them develop their conversational skills by […]

Accessibility

Accessibility means making products, services, devices, or places that everyone can use easily, including our children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). Some apps and functionalities can make information more accessible to people who are DHH and allow them to stay informed and connected. Microsoft and Apple are improving accessibility with tools such […]

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