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Starting School and Back to School Resources

NDCS Starting School Personal passports and profiles NDCS Personal passports

As we start the new school year, perhaps a new school, with new teachers it's especially vital for children with hearing loss that the people around them know what their history is and the hearing technology they wear as well as their strengths,challenges and the ideal ways that they like to recieve support. A personal passport or profile is a quick, effective way of having all this important information in one place. You can find resources and ideas for accessing personal profiles on the NDCS website.

Collecting the right information for starting school: Traffic light planners:

Traffic Light Planner :Part 1
Traffic Light Planner:Part 2
Traffic light planners

These traffic lights planners are especially popular with the teaching assistants attending the Ear Foundation's accredited course. This planner is another way of capturing and recording important information to make transitions like new school years run smoothly. They include sections such as spoken language, attention, listening and social communication. They are open source and free for you to modify, adapt and personalise for the children you work with.

Primary Stage: A package of resources for professionals and families

Primary Stage resource

This DVD resource package has resources for professionals and families about deaf primary aged children who use today's hearing technologies. Moving into a new school brings with it new opportunities but also added challenges. This resource will help with the transition. It also contains the traffic light planners from above and other resources. It contains the following downloadable PDFs: • Cochlear Implants for deaf children: progressing through the primary stage book • Practical resources and checklists • Two interactive learning modules

CBeebies Magazine resource: language resources on Cbeebies characters

CBeebies website

How do we keep learning fun and relevant not only at the beginning of the school year but into the Autumn. The literacy trust has developed a super resource with activities based around favourite CBeebies characters, especially for those in the Early Years Foundation Stage aged 3-5 years. Whilst the primary focus of the resources is to develop children's communication and early literacy skills they have a great table which shows you how each activity can be slotted into the curriculum. For children with hearing loss they are great ways of giving them the ,language and concepts as well as social currency as they learn with the characters their friends love too.

Oxford Owl: Preparing for School

Oxford owl starting school

Oxford Owl always has high quality interesting resources. Read their practical guide for parents in the run-up to their first day at school. We like their broad focus of their top tips from supporting emotions and language and well as very practical tips around what practical tasks your child might need to skill up on. It's a great reminder that everyone is in the same boat when it comes to starting school.

Hearing Like Me: Tips going back to school if you have a hearing loss

Hearing Like Me

Phonak's excellent blog, "Hear like me" has a back to school article with tops tips if the student is deaf or hard of hearing. What makes this advice stand out is it from personal experience and their belief that deaf people can achieve anything they dream of, given the right support. Never let anyone or anything stop them! The advice is full of practical advice like meeting teachers, having a tour of the school, how to make sure they get the right support for their level of hearing loss and investing in equipment to improve learning.

Tips for moving from primary to secondary school

Penny's tips for starting year7

READ this article from Penny Alexander, a teacher and mum herself. It is jam packed full of practical advice and wisdom, broken into bite size segments that will put even the most anxious parent's mind at rest and a make a great resource for any teacher of the deaf. An excerpt from this article will make it clear why it's a MUST READ for teachers and parents supporting young teens as they move to secondary school: "Let them know it is okay to be themselves. Suddenly they are in a much bigger year group, but you can guarantee that there are all kinds of personalities and skills across that year and over time all children learn what it is that inspires them, makes them shine and makes them happiest. We’re all different. Supporting your Year 7 with organisation is the biggest gift you can give them."

Hope Tips from Cochlear: Time for School

Cochlear Hope back to school

Whether your child has just begun his school career or has several years of instruction under her belt, maintaining perspective on the ins and outs of the education system can be overwhelming. The Time for School from Cochlear series is designed to ease the stress of that journey by providing guidance for key areas of the education process.[/h3

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