Communicating with deaf children who have additional needs

Every child has the right to be able to communicate to the best of their abilities. It is important when a deaf child has additional needs that those abilities are not underestimated by either parents or professionals.

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All children can learn to communicate: the challenge when a child has additional needs is to discover the most effective way to enable them to communicate as fully as possible. In our Communicating with Your Deaf Child booklet there is information about some of the more specialised approaches to communication including:

  • Makaton
  • Signalong
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Picture Exchange Communication
  • Widgit
  • Bliss symbolics

Further information