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Language Help

Posted by learningtofly
15/12/20 01:57 PM

Hi i am a parent of a 15yr old who is struggling with his understanding of language, especially when writing and answering exam questions. He has gaps now but now with remote learning due to covid, its apparent the gap is widening. I am new to the forum and would really appreciate any advice/tips to help bridge some of the gaps. Thank you!

Posted by Claire ndcs moderator
22/12/20 02:59 PM

Hi there,

Thank you for posting on Your Community. I’m sorry that you’ve not had a response yet. The community is still quite new but hopefully there will be other parents who will be happy to share their experiences in time.

Our Teacher of the Deaf has put together some top tips for parents whose children learning at home. And we have also have also developed some guidance for families on the impact of coronavirus on exams. 

Our deaf friendly teaching resource may also be helpful for you and your son. It is aimed at education providers in secondary school but can also be useful for parents and carers to look at. It can give you an idea of what adjustments can be made to support children with hearing loss in their education and what you can expect from the school.

If you’re still looking for support you’re also very welcome to contact our Helpline team who can provide further information and advice.


Take care,



Your Community moderation team 

Posted by chiquis
11/01/21 04:12 PM

Hello. Sorry to hear your son is experiencing problems. Our 13 year old was implanted at 3 so his language is still behind. We try to encourage him to have conversations at the dinner table about topics he is not familiar with. We introduce new vocabulary casually and explain the meaning. He has finally taken up reading (Harry Potter) and that is helping him as well. 

Our son likes to watch the news and current affairs programs. They have helped expand his vocabulary tremendously. 

With regards to the tests: that is a tricky one as it sometimes requires a lot of reasoning and I know my son gets very nervous about them and just gets a mental block. We have had old exam papers from school for him to practice on. At least to get familiariased with the questions and their structure.

We are lucky in the sense that our son is allowed to go into the Hearing Support Unit at his school as he was not coping at all with the online lessons at home. Have you discussed this with his school?

Hope this helps a little.

Posted by eg
30/03/21 08:33 PM

I'm sorry to hear of your son's difficulties. It's important that you discuss this with the school as they may be unaware, our children are so good at masking their struggles. Your son should be eligible for extra help in exams. I'm pretty sure that I met someone whose role was to explain the meaning of exam questions to the student. Many different disabilities involve language comprehension difficulties so there should be experience available as to the best way to help. Otherwise I suppose it will be a case of looking at lots of previous papers in order to get as much experience as possible in the type of questions asked and what needs to be included in the answer. The exam boards have some advice on their webpages too. My son doesn't write enough so he was told to just get the points down in bullet points so if example there is a question on Lady Macbeth just including all the facts they know about her may provide enough to pass.  fingers crossed !!!