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Query: I was wondering about talking to my child's mainstream class about hearing loss/equipment etc? I'm going to do this at the start of school and I'm looking for ideas on what to say to the teachers and the kids. Does anyone have other ideas on what to say? It's reception level.? Reply: That is a great question. It is a common concern and question asked by parents every year. Your teacher of the deaf and sch...

Posted on August 23, 2017 16:08

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Course for DSA assessors and teachers of the deaf working on transition

Query: With the recent query on supporting students moving from secondary school to further and higher education we thought we would remind you of our recent course. The Ear Foundation hosted a course on this topic and more specifically for disability assessors. DSA assessors will need to provide student with advice about what is available and what they might need in terms of support and technology. This will include what is available and funded for.

Posted on February 10, 2016 15:51

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What's the process for applying for disabilty allowance for university?

Query: I am working with a deaf student about to go through transition into college or university and itís all a bit new to me. In terms of the Disability Student Allowance (DSA)how does the process work. If they apply for a student loan is this the same as the DSA funding, is it the same process? Reply: It can be a daunting process and we will try and answer this as comprehensively as we can. In brief the proce...

Posted on February 9, 2016 10:39

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Is a soundfield system as good as a personal FM?

Query: We have had quite a few queries about connecting or coupling up a child's personal FM system to a whit/smart board. We did want to bring your attention to this very interesting articles on the differences between dynamic FM systems and a sound field. Reply: This article is by Jane Madel, a highly experienced audiologist and does lay out the disadvantages of using a sound field system over a personal, dy...

Posted on November 17, 2015 15:28

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Simulation of noisy classroom, where is it?

Query:On a course recently I was told about a clip of noisy classroom that gradually gets quieter. It gives you an idea of what it is like to listen if you are deaf and use technology in middle of a noisy classroom. Problem is I canít remember where to find it? I think the clip you are looking for is from the DVD ďHear to LearnĒ from the NDCS. It is available on the link below:

Posted on October 6, 2015 11:12

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Any resources for inset on classroom acoustics?

I am looking for some ideas on classroom acoustics for some inset training I need to do, could you direct me to some resources please. Reply: There are a number of resources on Sounding Board and please find the links below to the relevant page: Classroom Acoustics: an explanation...

Posted on October 5, 2015 11:20

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What questions to ask at an annual review?

Have you got an annual review coming up? As a parent attending or even as a professional supporting parents through them Speech Blog UK has a great article with some things to think about: Click on this link to read:

Posted on September 15, 2015 16:02

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What is the role of the teaching assistant in schools?

Have you seen the report on what the role of teaching assist ants in school should be? Itís an interesting read and we have copy/pasted the summary from the report below: Click on this link to read the Education Endowment Foundationís full report report on TAís roles i...

Posted on June 9, 2015 13:38

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