Recently, a friend in the UK emailed. Her six-year-old girl had had a dream in which I could hear everything in the whole wide world about everything! This made me smile, as Elina (the little girl) is a big fan of mine and donates her ‘princess bed’ every time I visit. She’s not the only
Explaining hearing-devices to children (a deaf child, siblings, family, friends or peers) can be a challenge in making sure everyone understands the facts. Concept books are great for explaining to all children the specific frustrations and issues deaf children can experience. Understanding is increased, with the deaf child realising others are in their position, and hearing children
A parent has just asked what toys and games are best for deaf children. The answer is – exactly the same as for other children! All kids need fun, and if they learn at the same time, that’s a bonus. Deaf children are visual, so bright toys and murals will attract and hold their interest. Learning through
On March 23, 2008, Newstalk FM featured IDK in its Change-Makers series. Note: Caroline has since had two cochlear implants, which make her speech clearer now. Newstalk’s Louise Williams spoke with the founder of IDK, Caroline Carswell. Here is the full conversation. C: Caroline Carswell and L: Louise Williams C: ‘My name is Caroline Carswell and I’ve been
On March 23, Irish Deaf Kids will feature in Newstalk’s Change-Makers series, with two other Social Entrepreneurs Ireland 2007 awardees. A podcast of the programme will later be posted on the Newstalk website. A transcript of the interview will also appear on the IDK website asap.
When Romeo & Juliet with Stagetext was announced at the Abbey Theatre, my reaction was mixed. Stagetext (theatre captioning) had worked well for me with “The Playboy of the Western World” last November. However, I was concerned about: 1) how well Stagetext would handle the complexities of Shakespearean verse 2) how the soliloquies would be
Music has a role in some of my earliest social memories. Car trips with my grandpa often ended with our “listening” to his stereo by holding a mid-bass shell, which he’d take from one speaker. As the music played, that shell pulsated, conveying the beat to my fingertips. The whole new sensory experience revealed what