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Supporting parents new to hearing loss - online events

Photo: Young boy smiling with his family.

If your baby, toddler, or child has been recently diagnosed as having hearing loss, we’re here to help.

We provide expert support to families of deaf children so that their child can have the same opportunities as everyone else. Whether you have some previous experience of deafness or none at all, our friendly expert team are on hand to support you and your child.

Grab a cuppa and chat online with our friendly experts and other parents of deaf children

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the difficulties of accessing many services right now, we’re hosting free virtual events to support parents and families of newly diagnosed deaf children.

These online sessions are open to all parents and carers of children, aged 0-12, who have been diagnosed in the past 18 months as having hearing loss. They're a great way to learn more about the support available for you and your child and to be part of a community of parents and carers of deaf children.

Available sessions

First steps after diagnosis - support for deaf children and their families

Wednesday 11 November 2020 1-2pm

This session will be led by one of our friendly Children and Families Support Officers who work in local communities across the UK supporting families of deaf children. They'll be providing lots of useful information and guidance for parents who have recently had their child diagnosed with hearing loss.

During the session, you'll also be able to:

  • chat to our friendly experts about any questions or concerns you might have
  • hear a real-life experience from the parent of a deaf child
  • meet and chat with other families going through a similar experience and share your own experiences
  • learn more about the different kinds of support and services available, and how we can support you and your child.

Understanding your child’s deafness with Audiologist Vicki Kirwin

Wednesday 18 November 2020 1-2pm

This session will be led by Vicki Kirwin, our Lead for Audiology and Senior Policy Advisor. Vicki will be providing more in-depth information about childhood deafness and providing advice on the best ways to support your child.

The session will also cover:

  • understanding the differences between hearing and listening
  • ideas for making the most of your child’s hearing
  • how to access communication support for your child.
Our expert, Vicki Kirwin, Senior Policy Advisor and Lead for Audiology

Vicki is a specialist advisor for the National Deaf Children's Society, advising on health policy and its implications for deaf children. Prior to this, Vicki worked in NHS and private settings as a paediatric audiologist. 

Communication support

Closed captioning and BSL interpreters will be available. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Os ydych angen y wybodaeth hon yn Gymraeg, cysylltwch â [email protected], yn nodi Diagnosis Newydd yn eich e-bost.