Academic and professional resources relating generally to the field of childhood deafness.

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2011: Fatherhood Institute - Dads Included Toolkit

This toolkit outlines how you can shape your service so it works for dads as well as mums…and, most importantly, for children, for whom a good relationship with dads is so important.

The Dads Included Toolkit offers – for practitioners and managers in any setting – practical, tried and tested solutions to the challenges of engaging with fathers and father-figures, including:

  • Getting dads through the door
  • Knowing what to do with them once they’re there
  • Skilling up your workforce to work with dads
  • Keeping the right records
  • Finding out what services mums and dads really want.

2009: Participation Works - How to involve children and young people with communication impairments in decision making

Participation Works and CDC have produced this how to guide on involving people with communication impairments in decision making. 

2007: RCSLT and BATOD collaborative working paper

This joint position paper aims to promote effective collaboration between speech and language therapists and teachers of the deaf.

Website: NHS Commissioning Tools for Improved Outcomes for Children with Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties

This suite of tools offer a guide to commissioners and service providers to improve the system, services and outcomes for children and young people with speech, language and communication difficulties.

Effective commissioning will reduce dependency on the health, education and social care system as evidence indicates that those who struggle to communicate are at high risk of poor outcomes in terms of educational achievement, behaviour and vulnerability, mental health, employability and criminality.  Effective commissioning of services will improve outcomes for the one in six children who have difficulty in learning to talk and understand; the 7% of five year olds – on average, two or three in every classroom – who have specific difficulties in speech, language and communication and for more than half of children starting nursery school in socially deprived areas of England who have delayed language.

Speech, language and communication is also the most common type of need in primary-age children with statements of special educational need.

Website: University of Manchester - Genetics and genetic counselling in British Sign Language

The University of Manchester has produced these video clips, which NDCS contributed funding towards. The video clips provide information about genetics and genetic counselling in British Sign Language with English subtitles and voiceover. The videos were created in 2005 as translations of written leaflets used by the North West Regional Genetics Service. The project was carried out to improve access to genetic counselling services for Deaf people.

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