0 to 4 years
NDCS has a number of resources that are suitable for parents of deaf children aged 0 to 4.
- Understand your child’s deafness
- My baby has a hearing loss
- Use your early years professionals
- Think about communication
- Get educational support
- Financial support
- Be playful
- Get the whole family involved
- Contact other families
- Resources for children
- Early Support: Information about deafness and hearing loss (2013)
The titles below are available to download or order here or can be ordered by contacting the Freephone Helpline on 0808 800 8880.
* Please note to download or order publications you will need to be a member of NDCS.
Watch videos featuring families of deaf children
Understand your child’s deafness
You may find it reassuring to know what causes your child’s deafness and how to interpret the hearing test results
- Understanding audiology
- Why does my child have a hearing loss?
- Genetic counselling
- Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) and deafness
- Glue ear
- Harvey gets grommets
- A child with microtia and atresia
- Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder
- Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder- To Parents From Parents
- Cleft Palate and Deafness
- Down’s syndrome and childhood deafness
- Deaf children with additional needs
- Mild Deafness
- Meningitis and childhood deafness
- Vision care for your deaf child
- Hearing aids
- Cochlear Implants
- Bone anchored hearing aids
My baby has a hearing loss
Find out about our guide, You and your family. It can be used by parents and the wider family who have just been given the diagnosis that their baby has a hearing loss.
Use your early years professionals
There is a range of specialists who could make a big difference to your deaf child
Think about communication
Good communication at home between you and your child is the foundation of language learning and use for the rest of their life
Get educational support
Deaf children often need support to take full advantage of their education. This can be provided from an early age
- Helping your deaf child to learn
- Helping your deaf child to develop early maths skills (3-4 year olds)
- Helping your deaf child to develop language, read and write (3-4 year olds)
- Personal passports
- Starting school
- Which school for your deaf child?
- Supporting the achievement of deaf children in early years settings
- What are you feeling? Emotions workbook (guide for professionals working with your child)
- Using phonics to develop your child's reading and writing skills
- Phonics Guidance
- Here to Learn DVD
- Early Years Matters DVD
Video What is a statement?
There are a number of welfare benefits and other sources of support available for a family with a deaf child.
Communication and language skills are vital for learning, as well as social and emotional development. One of the easiest – and most fun – ways to help your child develop these skills is through play.
Get the whole family involved
Parents, siblings, grandfathers and others can all make a positive contribution to your deaf child’s emotional well-being
- Parenting a deaf child: Parenting tips
- Positive Parenting DVD
- Developing parenting skills
- Parent Place chat forum
Video My child is unique
Video Reducing stress
Video Behaviour Management
Contact other families
You’re not alone. Getting in touch with other families via our online
Parent Place discussion forum or our local groups, can be a wonderful
source of ideas, inspiration and friendship
Video Meeting other parents
Resources for children
NDCS have published three comics aimed at children about getting grommets, hearing aids and visiting the Hearing Clinic.
Early Support: Information about deafness and hearing loss (2013)
This resource, written by NDCS for Early Support, is for parents of deaf children and young people up to the age of 25 who have recently been identified as being deaf.
It contains chapters on what happens in the beginning, when your child is identified as being deaf, and then explains what deafness means. The resource goes on to outline things to think about as your child moves from the early years to school years and into adulthood. It finishes with chapters on who can help, resources, and useful organisations and websites.
Parents and carers of deaf children can dip into the chapter most relevant to them or read the whole resource cover to cover.
You can download the resource from the Early Support Website.