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Online information and advice sessions

We have a range of free online events that you can join. You'll be able to get lots of information, join discussions with other families, and ask questions to our experts.

What you'll need to join our online events

As long as you have access to any computer, smartphone or tablet with an internet connection then you'll be able to access our online events.

You don't need any previous experience of these online events. You can join in as much or as little as you like. We'll send you everything you need to know to be able to join. We'll also have experts on hand to support you with joining the online event.

Communication support

Closed captioning and BSL interpreters will be available at all of our online events. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Upcoming online events

Our online sessions are free however places are limited and booking is essential.

Supporting your child’s early learning

Wednesday 19 May from 12.30 to 1.30pm

Recommended for families with children aged 0 to 3 years old.

Join our expert as we explore how you can best support your baby or toddler to learn through their early years. You’ll find out about the importance of everyday communication, and pick up some tips on play and sharing books.

There will be plenty of time to chat to other families and ask questions too.

Exploring deaf identity

Thursday 20 May from 7 to 8pm

Join our expert Sarah and the team as we explore how you can support your child as they forge their own deaf identity. You’ll hear from our guest speakers about how they did just that, and have a chance to chat to them and other parents.

This session is from our Raising a Deaf Child Programme. You can find out more about the programme here.

Navigating benefits

Saturday 22 May from 10 to 11am

Recommended for families with children aged 0 to 16 years old.

Learn more about the benefits available for deaf children, Disability Living Allowance, how to apply, and other benefits that you and your family could access.

Promoting positive behaviour

Wednesday 9 June from 7 to 8pm

Recommended for families with children aged 0 to 16 years old.

If you want to learn more about reinforcing and rewarding positive behaviour then this could be the session for you. Learn about the benefits of praise and how you can use strategies that support and encourage your child’s positive behaviour at home.

You’ll be led by one of our expert tutors and have a chance to chat to us and other parents throughout the session.

This session is from our Raising a Deaf Child Programme. You can find out more about the programme here.

Supporting your child’s move to secondary school

Thursday 10 June from 5 to 6pm

Recommended for families with children starting secondary school this year.

Moving from primary to secondary school is an exciting time for deaf young people. It can also be a bit nerve-wracking.

Emma Fraser is our Teacher of the Deaf. She will share advice to help you feel confident supporting your child in this transition. You’ll also get to chat with other parents of deaf young people.

Now is a great time to attend this event. It will give you time to ask your child’s school any questions before the summer holidays.

An intro to technology and apps for deaf young children with Gavin

Wednesday 16 June from 10.30 to 11.30am

Recommended for families with children aged 0 to 5 years old.

Join our technology expert, Gavin, to learn about how technology can support your child during their early years.

Gavin will share lots of useful information and advice on different types of hearing tech, such as apps and radio aids.

Gavin Songer, Technology Research Officer

In his current role, Gavin researches products and technologies suitable for deaf children and young people. He shares his findings and user feedback as widely as possible with our members and professionals.

Gavin was born profoundly deaf and has worked with deaf children and adults in schools, homes and the wider community.

Making the most of your child's hearing at home

Monday 21 June from 7 to 8pm

Recommended for families with children aged 0 to 16 years old.

Learn how to care for your child's hearing aids at home and how you can make hearing and listening easier for your child.

Stopping unacceptable behaviour with Anne

Thursday 24 June from 7 to 8pm

Recommended for families with children aged 0 to 16 years old.

In this session, we’ll talk about different age appropriate strategies to stop unacceptable behaviour that you can implement at home.

Our expert Anne will be on hand to answer your questions and there will be a chance to talk to other parents and share ideas.

This session is from our Raising a Deaf Child Programme. You can find out more about the programme here.

Early education sessions with Lynn

Join one or both online events in this two-part series.

Suitable for families with children aged from two-and-a-half to four years old.

Join Lynn from our Education and Appeals team as she explores how to choose the right school for your child, and then how you can ensure that their needs are met at that school. There will be a chance to chat to other parents and also ask our experts questions.

Our expert, Lynn Baker, Head of Appeals and Disputes

Lynn is passionate about equality of opportunity for deaf children and young people. In her current role, she is able to provide support to young people and families of deaf children to legally challenge decisions involving their access to education.

Before joining the National Deaf Children’s Society, Lynn worked in education for nearly 30 years as a Teacher, SENCO and Head Teacher.

Part 1 – Choosing the right school for my child

Wednesday 30 June from 4.30 to 5.30pm

As your child approaches school age and you think about applying for your choice of school, we’ll explore together how you can ensure you are choosing the school that best meets the needs of your child. Our expert Lynn will be on hand to guide you through the process and answer your questions.

Part 2 – Ensuring equality and inclusion for my child

Wednesday 7 July from 4.30 to 5.30pm

As you decide on a school for your child, we’ll start to explore how you can ensure that their needs will be met within that school environment, to make sure they get the best out of learning and school life. Our expert Lynn will be on hand to talk to you about your child’s rights and answer any questions.