Throughout the year there has been a variety of seminars and workshops around the country. These have included Small Talk/Chit Chat programmes aimed at developing the language of infants and toddlers, and the LEAPing on with Language programme aimed at supporting older children’s language development. These programmes were organised in partnership with Our New Ears, and in 2016 took place in Dublin, Letterkenny, Limerick, Galway and Cork.
ONE and DeafHear also organised a number of parent online classes with the world renowned John Tracy Clinic during 2016, and more are planned for early 2017 in Tullamore and Killarney (see the Events pages for more details).
Early language development is extremely important for the language development of children, so these activities are a vital support for parents to help their child reach their potential.
We hope you have been able to participate in some of our Christmas events for families around the country, and we wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
And finally, as promised, some messages from Santa in Irish Sign Language. Earlier this year, during ISL Awareness Week in September, we made a series of short videos of children and adults signing a simple ISL sign and emailed these to all primary schools around the country. They were a tremendous success (hopefully some of your children got to enjoy them...if not, they are available here: ISL Week 2016).
We are sending some new videos to the schools in the week beginning December19th with a Christmas theme...and Santa has also taken part!
Watch Santa sign the ISL alphabet...and give us a short message in ISL!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
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