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Welcome to Parents Corner!

Parents Corner is a section on DeafHear’s website dedicated to providing information and support to parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in Ireland. We launched Parents Corner in 2011, and it has been a great success!

There is an average of 35 unique visitors to Parents Corner every day – that’s over 1,000 visits per month! Each month there are over 200 downloads of our Parents Corner factsheets. Our most popular factsheets are Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants, Testing for Hearing Loss and Communication Options, read them here...
Our most popular video is FM in the Classroom (click here to view it).


Winter Update 2016

2016 has definitely been a busy year and it is hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us! Children have been busy writing their notes to Santa... and this year, as the Recognition of Irish Sign Language has been in the news so much, Santa has sent us some very special videos in ISL for Christmas (see below!).

Education

Since our last update one of the highlights has been a very succesful Deaf Education Conference held on October 1st in Portlaoise. There were over 250 attendees, and a lot of credit must go to the chief organiser Andrew Geary for a very timely and successful conference.

The conference helped shine a light on the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. It included local and international speakers, and no one could be in any doubt that there is much work to be done to bring the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children to a point where it is on a par with their hearing peers.

At around the same time of the conference the draft National Disability Inclusion Strategy included an overdue commitment to ‘develop an implementation plan and commence implementation of NCSE policy advice on Deaf education.’ Given that the policy advice was published in 2011, this is well overdue. It will be important that all stakeholders are focussed on real progress in this area in 2017.

Seminars and Workshops

LEAPing On with Language programme workshops 2017!

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.

Christmas Greetings

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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