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Waking up in the morning

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It’s important that everyone has the opportunity to wake up independently and take control of when they get up. Having an alarm clock is often the first step towards independence and can help younger children learn about time and daily routines.

An alarm clock with special features could help you

There are lots of different alarm clocks which could wake you by using strong vibrating pads, flashing lights and loud alerts with adjustable volume and tone. The vibrating pad should be placed under your pillow or mattress, and it is usually connected to the alarm clock by a wire.

Most alarm clocks are designed to sit on a bedside table, but there are also portable alarm clocks for times when you are away from home, for example on holiday, staying with friends or relatives.

Some alarm clocks can be linked with other products part of an alerting system, alerting you to other things happening around the home, such as a telephone ringing.

What do families and deaf young people think of these alarm clocks?

Families have told us that having an alarm clock with a vibrating pad for their child has made the morning routine easier and given their child more independence.

“I can be independent in getting myself up. I don’t need to rely on someone else." 

"My son has woken up by himself without me running up and down the stairs to wake him. It has made our mornings less stressful.”