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 Post subject: NDCS Weekend away
PostPosted: 31 Jan 2010 22:39 
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We have just attended a weekend run by The National Deaf Children's Society.
It was inspiring, encouraging and so informative.

It was the first time we have had a chance to be with other families that have a child/children with a hearing loss. It was so good to hear and share experiences.

I'm now seriously considering learning BSL and teaching Lauren and Eva to give them that skill too. I feel so empowered!!!

It was also lovely to see Lauren interracting with deaf and hearing children and thoroughly enjoying herself.

I am so happy!


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 Post subject: Re: NDCS Weekend away
PostPosted: 01 Feb 2010 10:04 
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Glad you had a good weekend Linda. Have you considered using Makaton as an alternative to BSL. The signs are easier to do for young children, and doesn't have the differences depending on town that BSL has. Also can be easier to learn- Something Special on Cbebbies is fabby for Makaton. And in a very child friendly way. We use makaton at school rather than BSL, and our speech therapists say it is a better system.
If you want some help with Makaton, I have some notes here in the house I can send if you want. Gillian has just started using it with Alex - after I sent her some notes . PM me your address if you want any help with it.
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 Post subject: Re: NDCS Weekend away
PostPosted: 01 Feb 2010 17:19 
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Thank you so much Fi. x

I spoke to Lauren's teacher of the deaf today and she said the same thing!

Will pm you my address.
Thank you. x


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 Post subject: Re: NDCS Weekend away
PostPosted: 01 Feb 2010 18:39 
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That sounds great Linda :D

Kian's school is additionally resourced for the hearing impaired so they have some deaf children & children who have impaired hearing at his school too. They have special teachers to sign for them. They teach all the kids signs too so they can communicate, which I think is lovely :D When they do any school plays & sing songs they always do some signs along with the words & there is a teacher & some other children signing throughout. I think it's so nice for them all to be able to go to school together :D

I have also thought about learning some sign language. I know they run classes at the childrens centre in the school grounds, so I may do that once they all all in school & I have a bit of free time :D

I am glad you had a great time & have come away thinking so positively! Good for you & good luck with it all :D

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 Post subject: Re: NDCS Weekend away
PostPosted: 01 Feb 2010 19:01 
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Linda
So pleased that it was a positive experience for you, and the girls had a lovely time too.
I thinks BSL or makaton is a brilliant idea, something that would be a fantastic skill for anyone to learn, especially those who are hearing impaired, or their friends and families.

Good luck hon x

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PostPosted: 01 Feb 2010 22:50 
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Thank you Lou& Vickie. xx


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Sounds like you had a great time hun

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