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Connecting with other families

From sharing tips, exchanging advice or being a support network to one another, connecting with others going through similar experiences can be invaluable. Parents, carers, children and young people will benefit and feel less isolated when connecting with other families on their journey of childhood deafness. There are many ways to connect, so choose what […]

Decisions, it’s okay to change them

As parents, we want to make the best decisions for our children. We gather information from various sources and then make our educated choices. When it comes to young children who are deaf or hard of hearing, there are big decisions to be made – method of communication, whether to aid or implant, choosing a […]

Couch potato or bookworm

Parents need to consider how much they influence the future behaviour of their children by setting an example. Children tend to copy their parents’ behaviour. If parents are readers, their children will be apt to read. There is strong evidence that children raised in families that enjoy reading and writing as an activity are inclined […]

Remember to enjoy time together over Christmas

The festive season is the perfect time for families to take a break from the stresses of everyday life and spend quality time together. So, don’t forget to take some time to create positive experiences and find joy in the little things, and in each other’s company. Download the Real Life Tips infographic.  

Making Christmas deaf friendly

Christmas is an exciting time for children, but for deaf and hard of hearing kids, it can also be very stressful and tiring due to being surrounded by more people and more noise. Here are some of the adjustments you can do to make Christmas deaf friendly: Use tablecloths to minimise the sound of cutlery […]

Turning 18

As your child who is deaf or hard of hearing approaches adulthood, important actions may need to be taken to assist them in moving forward as an independent adult. Individual Transition Plan – for school leavers is a tool used in some states to assist students with disabilities and additional learning needs in preparing for […]

Self advocacy

Self-advocacy means looking out for yourself, knowing what you need, and communicating your needs effectively to others. Self-advocacy is a skill that your child can learn from an early age with help and practice. Self-advocacy will provide your child with an important skill that supports lifelong success. There are three key elements to teach your […]

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 […]

Turn on the light

Turn on the light or use night lights in your child’s bedroom when saying goodnight! Your child is unlikely to be wearing any hearing devices in bed and will be better able to see you and lip read.   Download the Real Life Tip infographic.  

Smile often

Have a look at our tips on growing up with hearing loss, which include… Smile as often as possible – because a smile means much more to a child with a hearing loss. Download the Real Life Tip infographic. More information: Growing up with a hearing loss

Siblings

Healthy sibling relationships can be a wonderful source of love and support. Siblings help each other to learn about fairness, cooperation, kindness and caring – often the hard way. Sibling arguments are a normal part of learning. Brothers and sisters of children who are deaf or hard of hearing can feel like the forgotten ones […]

Multilingualism – family language strategy

Multilingualism is a SUPERPOWER! Don’t be discouraged from teaching your child a second or third language just because they are deaf or hard of hearing. There are strategies families can use to help their children with hearing loss to be successful multilingual learners. These include planning and goal setting, developing family language strategies and keeping […]

Keep on loving

Keep loving, dreaming and expecting great things for your child!   Download the Real Life Tip infographic.      

Bath time with your baby or child who is deaf

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) UK have some great tips for when you are bathing your baby or young child who is deaf or hard of hearing. For example, make sure you are visual throughout the bathing experience. We also have some tips on bath time being a good opportunity to learn through play. So […]

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