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Working with Deaf Children and Young People

Photo: Learn about different types of deafness, communication methods and technology.

It’s vital that deaf children and young people get the right support as early as possible to develop the language and communication skills that are critical to their future.

Module overview

This module is an introduction to deafness. Aimed at anyone who works with or supports deaf children and young people, it is designed to provide practical information about different types of deafness, basic communication methods and different technology that might be used.

Providing an insight into what deaf culture is, the module will give examples of real life communication challenges as well as the opportunity to learn some basic sign language.

On completion of this module you will have an understanding of best communication practice and technology available. Deafness isn’t a learning disability, and with the right support, there’s no reason why a deaf child can’t achieve as much as a hearing child.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the different types of deafness and the impact on deaf young people
  • Explain the different types of communication methods used by deaf young people
  • Fingerspelling
  • Demonstrate some basic British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Name a range of technologies available to deaf children and young people


This module is free of charge.

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  • You will be directed to our online training portal where you will need to register or login (depending upon whether you have previously completed training with us).
  • Please note: The login details for our online training portal are different to the login details you use if you are a National Deaf Children's Society member.


There are no prerequisites for completing this module.

If you would like to speak to a member of the training team, please email [email protected].

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone working with deaf children and young people, however is primarily used for any arts, sports or leisure providers / activity leaders, youth clubs or anyone who will be providing activities for deaf children or young people.

How long will this course take?

This course should take around 1 hour to complete, although you are welcome to work through it at your own pace. You will have 30 days to complete the course before it expires.

How can I make payment for this e-learning module?

Payments can be made through PayPal or using a debit card. You do not need a PayPal profile to complete your purchase. PayPal is simply the system we use to process payments.