Deafness is not a learning disability, as the NDCS routinely reminds us. However, the UK’s education system is not ‘failing’ children who are deaf, as this headline suggests. Rather, the infants’ education begins at home with their families, once their hearing difficulties are confirmed with a diagnosis and hearing-devices ideally accessed at the earliest opportunity. Children Born After 2006 Accessed UNHS
A child with Down Syndrome can hear and talk, thanks to teamwork by the cochlear implant team at California’s Lucile Packhard Childrens’ Hospital and the Jean Weingarten School. Read: Cochlear Implants Give Child With Down Syndrome A New Lease On Life Doctors told the family, “you’re doing too much for him”, as they battled to get medical insurance for the cochlear implants
Soundfields have universal benefit as a solution introduced for children and students who have hearing difficulties, with positive outcomes noted for everyone in the learning space. Progressive schools in the United States are building soundfields into new classrooms for this reason – notably as solutions facilitate collaborative teaching and learning activities. That’s the beauty of classroom technology: it can be differentiated at
Dublin January, 2015 Dear Mrs Speechie (as you always will be known), In recent months we discussed how today’s deaf children can become verbal, thanks to newborn hearing tests and timely access to cochlear implants and digital hearing devices. Some areas of concern still existed however – namely that: Ireland has lacked a specialist speech therapist for deaf
For the last blog post of 2014, here are some recent media pieces, to remind ourselves how early access to hearing and speech services can improve childrens’ life prospects. Lydia Denworth (author of I Can Hear You Whisper) Lydia Denworth’s recent post in Time Magazine, Raising A Deaf Child Makes The World Sound Different, will resonate with parents of
The Phonic Ear hearing-aid, that big beige box worn in the 1970s by kids who were deaf. Book illustrator Cece Bell rewrote her life story this year, with a Phonic Ear giving her super-powers in a graphic novel. Bell’s self-deprecating humour about wearing the hearing-aid and the everyday social interactions it generated will be welcomed by fellow wearers. Interview: Cece
A Sound Advice seminar in Dublin, “The Link Between Hearing And Speech” (December 5th) explored how we hear with our brains with, and without hearing devices. Strategies for early language development by parents with babies and young children were also shared. Thirty Million Words Parallels were seen in the thirty million words concept for hearing and deaf children, with
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