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NDCS: The National Deaf Children's Society
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Communication

Good communication is vital to all children & families. 

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Communicating with your deaf child

A look at some of the different communication methods used by deaf people with some basic tips to remember when communicating with deaf people. 

Communication begins at home

Our film following six children and their families on a typical day to see how they communicate.

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11 tips for communicating with a deaf child

Read and share our top tips with your friends, family and professionals.

Deaf awareness information and resources

See and share all our resources aimed at helping hearing people communicate with deaf children at home, in school, in after-school activities and at the doctor’s surgery.

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Make school plays deaf friendly

Top tips to help deaf children feel included in school plays and to make sure they have a fun experience.

Communicating with deaf children who have additional needs

Alternative methods of communication that may be appropriate for deaf children who have additional needs.

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Make Christmas deaf friendly

Top tips to help deaf children and young people feel included at Christmas time. Share with family, friends, teachers, youth club workers, and anyone else who will be spending time with your child at this time of year.

Sign language

A practical guide on how to learn sign language and British Sign Language.

Speech and language therapy

Speech and language therapy is one way of helping deaf children to develop their language and communication skills.

Family Sign Language Curriculum

The Family Sign Language Curriculum is a resource specifically aimed at families with deaf children who choose to communicate using British Sign Language.