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May is Better Hearing and Speech month. Look at the resources.

Query: May "Better hearing and Speech Month". So it's a great time to think what resources there are available for this and especially what deaf awareness resources. Reply: Here are some ideas of resources we have found...make it a month to still have time before our school half term. The American Speech and Hearing association(ASHA) has weekly a...

Posted on May 18, 2017 14:43

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Making decisons about having a cochlear implant?

Query: For those of you working with families who are trying to decide whether to have a cochlear implant or just wanting to know about what the issues are, have a look at this mentors stories... Reply: These mentors are from Advanced Bionics. The link will take you to a range of stories from parents sharing their journeys with their children and also stories from adult users.

Posted on March 20, 2017 10:04

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Need help with music and my cochlear implant

Enquiry: My wife has had her CI for 6 months and finds her experience of music has completely changed. For example hymns in church sound unrecognisable to before. We heard about an app or something online that could help, could you help please? Reply:Thank you for your query and well done for persevering with it as it sounds like it is an important part of her life. It is not easy getting used to new technol...

Posted on March 8, 2017 13:47

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Information on Sensory Processing Disorder and hearing loss

Query: I work with young deaf children and am interested in resources about sensory integration. I have heard a little bit about it and have learnt that some of the children I work with might have needs in this area. Can you suggest some resources I could look at?? Reply: That is a great question. Sensory integration problems, also known as Sensory Processing Disorder, can occur in all different populations but ...

Posted on December 20, 2016 14:48

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Choosing toys to support development

Query: With Christmas upon us I was looking for some suggestions for toys for my young deaf child. I was looking to buy him a talking farm toy but it is expensive and I am not sure it is worth the money. There is so much out there it is hard to know what toys would be best but also would be useful in helping to build his language skills? Reply: That is a great question and yes it can be totally overwhelming with...

Posted on December 13, 2016 10:35

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Looking for the ACE and Reynell assessment link

Query: I am a speech therapist and have been recommended using the ACE and Reynell assessments for a 10 year old deaf boy that I am working with. But the link does not seem to be available. Could you help please? Reply: Thank you for your query and bringing the links to our attention. The assessment company have updated their website and the links had changed. We have now put up the new links to where you can fi...

Posted on November 28, 2016 10:53

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Earbud Headphones and impact on hearing

I have 2 children who are constantly attached to their gadgets and usually wearing earbuds listening to music. My friend asked me if I was concerned about their hearing listening to loud music all the time and whether I heard about it affecting peoples hearing. Is there something easy to read where I can learn about the impact of wearing them all the time? Reply: Gadgets and earbud headphones seem to be commonp...

Posted on October 17, 2016 11:16

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Resources for lipreading awareness

Query: I know you quite often feature the NDCS's resources on the forum. Here is one I have found useful with the students I have worked with. It's from the recent lipreading awareness week in September. Reply: Here is the link to the NDCS Buzz website. Have a look at this interesting page on lip reading and have ago at the fun lipreading video challenge. It is something you could have some fun with on ...

Posted on September 27, 2016 16:30

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