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
- Communication Support Worker (CSW) fund (England)
- NDCS education workshops
- 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
Communication Support Worker (CSW) fund (England)
Applications for a new Communication Support Worker (CSW) development fund has now opened. The aim of the fund is to improve the level of BSL for communication support workers in England. If you would like to apply, please download the guidance note and application form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 31 January 2016.
The fund is being adminstered by NDCS on behalf of the National
Sensory Impairment Partnership, with funding from the Department for
Education in England.
NDCS education workshops
We're running another series of free workshops for Teachers of the Deaf and other education professionals on assessments in autumn 2015.
- Wednesday 7 October, Ear Foundation office, Nottingham
- Wednesday 4 November, NDCS office, London
Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Please note that workshops in Cardiff and Belfast are now full and a waiting list is in operation.
Healthy Minds - training to professionals
NDCS 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
London 24 June 2015 Healthy Minds-June 2015 (London) (116 kb)
Manchester 1 July 2015 Healthy Minds- July 2015 (Manchester) (117 kb)
York 7 July 2015 Healthy Minds-York 2015 (117 kb)
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, Edingburgh offers CPD courses in audiology.
- 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
- BSA Paediatric Audiology Interest Group Conference, 10 September, Austin Court, IET Birmingham
- BAPO Annual Meeting, 18 September, Belfast
- 9th International Symposium on Pediatric Otolaryngology, 18 - 21 September, Brazil
- Babies & Toddlers with Cochlear Implants: A Sound Start, 29 September, Nottingham
- Newborn ABR Course, 5 - 7 October, Harrogate
- Complex Children with Cochlear Implants for Teaching Assistants, 8 October, Nottingham
- CMV Cytomegalovirus, 9 October, Nottingham
- Children with Cochlear Implants: Slow to Progress, 15 October, Nottingham
- Sound to Words: following babies with implants in the first year, 20 October, Bristol
- Radio Aids and wireless technology workshop: understanding the potential and building confidence, 21 October, Nottingham
Advances in auditory implants, 3 November, London
- Developing Listening & Language through Primary Classroom Routines, 4 November, Nottingham
- Language development and goal setting the SMART way, 6 November, Nottingham
- Implantable Devices 2015: The State of the Art, 13 November, Nottingham
- Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Therapy Masterclass, 16 - 20 November, Guildford
- 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
Short courses and conferences during 2016
- 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
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.