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Together We Can

Free online sessions for early years practitioners working with children with any type or level of hearing loss, including glue ear.

In this series of four interactive sessions you'll learn information and tips to support children who are deaf or have hearing loss. 

These sessions are suitable for anyone who works in an early year setting, including nurseries, creches, pre-school and reception classes.

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What you'll learn

You’ll learn about deaf-specific topics, including learning and development for deaf children, the impact deafness may have on a child in an early years setting, and how to improve childcare provision. These sessions will cover children with all levels of deafness.

You’ll also find out how you can apply your new skills to support individual children in your setting.

Cost

These sessions are free of charge.

Upcoming sessions

Implement Effective Transition for Deaf Children

Thursday 22 February 2024, 6pm to 7.30pm

Join us to talk about the importance of a positive, smooth transition for deaf children joining an early years setting.

At the end of the session you’ll be able to:

  • explain the stages of transition
  • identify key people in transition
  • understand the impact deafness has on transition
  • understand how to overcome barriers to effective transition
  • understand how you can support a deaf child’s transition.

Improve Language and Communication

Thursday 29 February 2024, 6pm to 7.30pm

We'll explain how deafness can impact language and communication, and how you can remove barriers to learning.

At the end of the session you’ll be able to:

  • describe the impact of deafness on language and communication
  • identify barriers to language and communication for deaf children
  • describe how to overcome barriers to improve learning
  • describe how to improve language-learning through phonics, peer-to-peer learning, and reading and writing.

Be Ready for Parents as Partners

Thursday 7 March 2024, 6pm to 7.30pm

In this session, we'll discuss the emotional impact that bringing up a deaf child can have on parents.

You’ll learn from a guest speaker who’ll share their experiences of raising a deaf child and choosing childcare.

At the end of the session you’ll be able to:

  • describe the emotional impact raising a deaf child can have on parents
  • describe what parents look for when choosing a childcare setting
  • identify how best to support and communicate with parents
  • explain how to create a supportive environment for a deaf child.

Promote Social and Emotional Development

Thursday 14 March 2024, 6pm to 7.30pm

In this session, we’ll look at how early emotional development impacts all areas of learning.

We’ll explore how the early stages of a child’s life can impact their confidence, self-esteem, resilience and friendships later in life.

At the end of the session you’ll be able to:

  • identify how deafness can impact personal, social, and emotional development (PSE)
  • describe the importance of PSE development in other areas of learning
  • describe the barriers to PSE for deaf children and how to overcome them.
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Joining our events

These sessions will be online, on Zoom.

You can join on a computer, laptop, phone or tablet.

To be able to fully participate in activities during the sessions, we recommend using a computer or laptop. Not all functions may work on a phone or tablet.

For more information, watch or download our guide to joining online events.

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Communication support

Communication support, including captions or a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters, is available on request.

Please let us know your preference on the booking form.

If you have a question about communication support, please email [email protected].

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Meet your host

Emma Simmons, Programme Delivery Officer

Emma has been supporting deaf children and their families since 2000 and has worked for the National Deaf Children's Society since 2009.

During her time at the charity, Emma has taken on various roles, including Mentor Co-ordinator, Youth Worker, SEN CA, and Advice and Guidance Officer. She brings lots of valuable experience to her current role as Programme Delivery Officer.

Emma lives in a small seaside town called Portrush in Northern Ireland. In her free time, Emma enjoys good food and wine, books, travel and being outdoors on the beach with family, friends and her dog, Ivy.