Language and communication
In this section we explore different approaches to communication; spoken language, sign language and sign bilingualism. We have also included a list of the things you need to consider, and questions you may want to ask the professionals you work with.
About language and communication
Learn more about language and communication – although closely linked, they are not the same thing…
Choosing an approach
Information for parents on what you need to think about when choosing a communication approach for your deaf child.
Communication development starts from the moment a child is born and is a process that never stops.
Key information about sign language, how it is used, and answers to questions commonly asked by parents.
A sign bilingual approach means children learn two languages at once, one being sign language.
Supporting your child's learning
Find age appropriate guides to help you support your child's learning here.
Pragmatics: Everyday communication
Pragmatics is the skill of using language socially and being able to adapt it to different situations. It’s key to being able to take part in conversations.
Here you’ll find information about some of the more specialised approaches designed to support children with additional needs.