Courses and events for professionals working with deaf children
This page lists events and courses organised by the National Deaf Children's Society as well as those run by
- Healthy Minds - training to professionals
- Bespoke workshops
- e-Learning opportunities
- Post-graduate study
- Short courses and conferences during 2015
- Short courses and conferences during 2016
- Short courses and conferences during 2017
- Other courses
Healthy Minds - training to professionals
Our Healthy Minds programme explores good emotional health and well-being for deaf young people. We train professionals to deliver the series of sessions for deaf children with an emphasis on deaf young people finding their own solutions to the problems they may encounter. We believe this provides life-long learning tools. Tackling issues such as low self-esteem, isolation, stress and anxiety, Healthy Minds encourages young deaf people to use positive strategies for dealing with change, managing their deafness, developing their self-esteem and confidence and building a repertoire of social skills.
Six sessions cover the following topics:
- What is a healthy mind?
- Developing good emotional well-being
- Support mechanisms and looking after your body
- Identity – Who am I?
- Owning and managing deafness
- I’m okay being deaf
People attending the training courses range from Teachers of the Deaf and teaching assistants to speech and language therapists, youth workers, paediatricians and clinical psychologists.
Healthy Minds training
Bespoke workshops to meet your service’s specific needs are also available including on, for example, morphology, working memory, assessments, creating good listening environments, meeting the needs of children with mild or moderate hearing loss and implementing SEN reform and understanding what a good Education, Health and Care plan looks like. Contact email@example.com for more information.
- Disability Matters is a free e-learning resource for the UK workforce with more than 57 modules that help challenge and positively change our own and others fears, ideas and attitudes towards disability and disabled children and young people. Includes Deaf Communication Matters focusing on improving access to services and communication with deaf children and young people.
- Various eLearning courses, now with BAA CPD points, visit AudiologyOnline.
- American Academy of Audiology eAudiology offers online live and on-demand seminars, many free of charge.
- British Society of Audiology 'Lunch and Learn' lectures - recorded lectures in association with Phonak, with the opportunity to email speakers during a limited period of time following talk.
- Cochlear Academy offer a series of online presentations that have BAA CPD points about their cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing aids and accessories.
- Department of Health in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies, visit E-Learning for Healthcare.
- The Ear Foundation E-Learning modules and recorded presentations.
- The Ida Institute offer modules through their e-Learning Lab which have BAA CPD points.
- Live International Otolaryngology Network (LION) A Worldwide video conferencing network dedicated to Otolaryngology.
- Recorded lectures given by international speakers are available to watch on Phonak eLearning site.
- To download presentations and view webcasts from previous Phonak conferences.
- Effective amplification for infants and children, CPD or MSc level module, University of Manchester, School of Psychological Sciences.
- Aston University offers a Certificate In Audiology (Return to Work Programme), modules in diagnosis and management of ear disease, counselling skills, teaching relaxation to audiology patients, managing your tinnitus patient, basic ear care (wax removal), and an MSc in Clinical Health Management.
- The Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL) offers a Masters in Language Sciences (with specialisation in Sign Language Studies)
- Mary Hare Postgraduate Education, offers Postgraduate Diplomas in Educational Studies (Hearing Impairment, Educational Audiology, and Early Years and Deafness), and other postgraduate courses.
- Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh offers CPD courses in audiology.
- Scottish Sensory Centre (University of Edinburgh) offers short and longer courses on working with deaf and/or blind children
- UCL Ear Institute offers advanced audiology masterclasses.
- University of Birmingham offers MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Certificate in Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness), MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma for Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment and Certificate/Advanced Certificate in Mental Health and Deafness.
- University of Manchester offers part-time CPD or masters level modules in audiology
Short courses and conferences during 2015
- ACE: Assessment of Comprehension & Expression, 17 November, Nottingham
- Complex language development for children with hearing loss, 18 November, Leeds
- Practical apps for making the most of the technology, listening and language, 25 November, Nottingham
- British Academy of Audiology 12th Annual Conference, 26 - 27 November, Harrogate
- Working with families of young children: Coach & collaborate, 3 December, Nottingham
- Communication, Language & Cognition: Assessment for Children with Hearing Loss, 4 December, Nottingham
- Words are not enough: the development of pragmatic communication skills and theory of mind, 8 December, Nottingham
- What makes the difference for children with mild to moderate hearing loss? Virtual Conference, 9 December (and recordings online until 9 March)
Short courses and conferences during 2016
- Short courses at Mary Hare January - July 2016
- Effects of Advanced Hearing-aid Features on Music Perception: Theory and Hands-on Experience, 21 January, Cardiff
- Auditory Processing and related Disorders across the age span, 9 - 11 February, London
- American Academy of Audiology Annual Meeting & Audiology Now! Exhibition 2016, 13 - 16 April, Phoenix, Arizona
- British Society of Audiology Annual Conference, 25 - 27 April, Coventry
- 13th Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 18 - 21 June, Lisbon, Portugal
Short courses and conferences during 2017
- American Academy of Audiology Annual Meeting & Audiology Now! Exhibition 2017, 5 - 8 April, Indianapolis, Indiana
If you run courses and events for professionals who work with deaf children and their families, and would like to tell NDCS members about them, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also be interested in training and events run by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB). Previous and current courses include successful commissioning, involving disabled children in choices and decisions, demystifying research evidence, involving disabled children in planning and reviews, supporting children, parents and families, and building a culture of participation. Further information here.