0 to 4 years

NDCS has a number of resources that are suitable for parents of deaf children aged 0 to 4.

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

Video  How to look after your deaf child's hearing aids

Video How to change the tubing in your child's earmoulds

Video How to manage the whistling in your child's hearing aids

Video Auditory Neuropathy: how my child was diagnosed

Video Cleft palate and hearing loss: family story

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My baby has a hearing loss

HearingLoss (credit: NDCS)

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.

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Use your early years professionals

There is a range of specialists who could make a big difference to your deaf child

child and audiologist doing a distraction hearing test (credit: NDCS)

Video What is the role of the Teacher of the Deaf?

Video What is the role of an educational psychologist?

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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

Front cover of the Communicating with your deaf child. (credit: NDCS)

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Get educational support

Deaf children often need support to take full advantage of their education. This can be provided from an early age

DVD cover image. (credit: NDCS)

Video What should I think about when choosing a school?

Video What are Early Years Action and Early Years Action Plus?

Video What is an Individual Education Plan?

Video What is a statement?

Video What is an annual review?

Video What else is available to me and my child's school to help them support my child? 

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Financial support

Finance - small teaser (credit: NDCS)

There are a number of welfare benefits and other sources of support available for a family with a deaf child.

 Find out about financial support.

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Be playful

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.

Boy playing with building blocks with parents (credit: NDCS)

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Get the whole family involved

Parents, siblings, grandfathers and others can all make a positive contribution to your deaf child’s emotional well-being

Front cover of DVD (credit: NDCS)

Video My child is unique

Video Reducing stress

Video Behaviour Management

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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

Enjoying the ride! (credit: NDCS)

Video Meeting other parents

Video What is an NDCS family weekend?

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Resources for children

NDCS have published three comics aimed at children about getting grommets, hearing aids and visiting the Hearing Clinic.

Front cover image (credit: NDCS)

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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.

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