Information for Parents
There is a BSL version of this available.
This is an exciting time for deaf children, their families and other people who work with them. Because of the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP), deaf babies are now being identified at around 8 weeks of age rather than at an average of 22 months before the screening was started.
Other changes have happened recently such as:
All this makes it an ideal time to try and find out what is best to help individual deaf children to develop.
Permanent deafness from birth can cause problems with language, communication and literacy. These can affect a child’s behaviour, quality of life and achievement at school. There can also be effects on the life of the whole family. A new project was begun almost three years ago to help us to have a better understanding of what kind of early support enables deaf children to do well.