This page is for our members

If you would like to continue reading Close the window using the X

You can view 5 pages to see what we offer our members. You have 5 pages available.
After this we will ask you to join the National Deaf Children’s Society.

to become a free member or sign in with your email address and password to access all areas of our website.

This will give you full access to:

  • The latest information, advice and event listings.
  • Our publications area where you can download, or order, our latest resources.
  • E-newsletters, with tips and real life stories.
  • One to one advice from our Helpline and Children and Families’ Support Officers.

Plus much more!!

Members area

Sign in


Don't have an account?

Join us

Member benefits

  • Information and advice Information and advice to help support deaf children and young people
  • Free Families magazine Inspirational stories, information, support and advice in print and online
  • Email newsletters Information, tips and real-life stories relevant to your child’s age
  • Test our tech Trial new technology to find what works for your child at home or in school
Menu Open mobile desktop menu

Supporting your own wellbeing

Photo: Trust in your ability to raise your child

We believe that the most important influence on a deaf child’s life is their family, therefore the emotional health and wellbeing of everyone in the family is also very important.

In this section we will we will discuss aspects of your wellbeing such as stress and self-love, and help you combat stress-inducing situations such as the morning school run!

As parents, most of us will have feelings of guilt about how we parent our children at some point. It stems from our own internal pressures as well as external influences. For example:

  • images in the media of happy ‘picture perfect’ family
  • expectations from family, friends, other parents and professionals
  • false messages that you are to blame for your child’s behaviour
  • unhelpful responses to deafness.

Anxiety can be compounded when a deaf child also has an additional need such as a learning difficulty. This can also trigger feelings of guilt, which in turn can lower your morale and make you feel powerless to make changes.

Try and believe in yourself and trust in your ability to raise your child. You know your child better than anyone, so you know how to communicate with them and know if something is wrong.

Trust your instincts. If your child received a delayed diagnosis for their deafness or another condition, try not to blame yourself. Many parents have never dealt with deafness before and the process of getting diagnosis and treatment is completely new to them.

As time goes on you will know what to expect and how to deal with professionals. You’ve learned a brand new set of skills, and are exploring a whole new dimension to family life.