Phonics and the Hearing Impaired Child: Practical Strategies for Mainstream Settings

Do you have a deaf child in your class? Did you know that 1 in 5 children in Foundation Stage and KS1 have a significant hearing loss that fluctuates and may remain undetected?

Phonics forms the central point for early literacy programmes today, however:

  • New technologies are allowing deaf children access to phonics
  • Many children have and undiagnosed fluctuating hearing loss

With some adaptations and an understanding of the issues they face these children will be able to access phonics much more successfully.

NDCS has produced new guidance around these issues for mainstream teachers  entitled ‘Phonics Guidance’ (available early May) and is delivering training days to support this document.

The Phonics Guidance document  is set out in two sections. The first section gives very useful background information about what teachers need to know about childhood deafness and how this can impact on their ability to participate in phonics lessons and what can be done to effectively include deaf children. The second section gives advice on teaching specific lessons in accordance with the government’s phonics framework ‘Letters and Sounds’.

The training day is relevant for ALL mainstream teachers working in Foundation Stage and KS2 as well as Teachers of the Deaf who are supporting mainstream staff.

It will provide:

  • An introduction to understanding of the impact of deafness on language and literacy development
  • Consideration of the role of phonics within a full literacy and language curriculum
  • Practical strategies for delivering a phonics programme, including assessment and adaptation for hearing impaired children
  • Experience of adapting some aspects of a phonics programme for hearing impaired children
  • Awareness of some resources that have been specifically developed for use with hearing impaired children

Dates and Venues

6 May 2010
St John's Catholic School for the Deaf, Church Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby, LS23 6DF

18 May 2010
Royal National Throat and Ear Hospital, 330-332 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DA

19 May 2010
The Ear Foundation, Marjorie Sherman House, 83 Sherwin Road, Nottingham, NG7 2FB

24 May 2010
Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, 50 Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4NF

10 June 2010
Longwill School for the Deaf, Bellhill, Birmingham, B31 1LD

21 June 2010
Bridge Chapel Centre, Heath Road, Liverpool, L19 4XR

Registration 9.00 - 9.30 finish 3.30.

Cost per delegate £55 including lunch and refreshments

To book a place please contact The Ear Foundation on or 0115 942 1985. For a free copy of the Phonics Guidance document contact: NDCS Freephone  Helpline  0808 800 8880 or email at (available early May).

Source: NDCS


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