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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).

Parents Corner Autumn Update 2017

Autumn is well underway, and the Halloween break is upon us. Scary! So a quick update on some of the things that have been happening over the past few months, and some things that are planned for the future!

Spy Day with Rosie Gardner

This fun day in August was organised in partnership with ONE and aimed to improve the listening and problem-solving skills of the children. After all, a good spy must be aware of what is going on around them and be able to think fast!

Spy Day with Rosie Gardner
A good Spy:

  • Is a good listener
  • Has a good memory
  • Works in a team
  • Can disguise themselves
  • Looks for clues
  • Can solve problems

So while the day was a lot of fun for the 19 children who attended on the day, as they played the games in the in the imaginary spy training day, they learned and developed new skills without being aware of it! These included aided listening, cognitive and thinking skills, and Theory of Mind.

Teenage Camp

Almost 40 Deaf and Hard of Hearing teenagers from all around the country gathered in Killarney International Hostel in August. They were led by four trained teenage volunteer leaders who were also D/HoH. The programme for the camp comprised a wide range of activities, including team building, rope climbing, cycling, boat trips and ‘coastineering’! Coastineering involves following the coastline through the water….via rocks, coves, caves etc. Not for the fainthearted! All had a fantastic time, many friendships were established, and the only sad note for the group was the return home!

Weekend for Families with Newly Diagnosed children

This weekend is an important weekend for many families, as it is often the first time they get the time and space to talk about their child’s diagnosis, learn about hearing loss and share their experiences with others. The most recent weekend event was in early October, and 11 families attended. Here are some of the things parents had to say at the end of the weekend:  

“I learned so much and it was great to meet other families and get involved in the various activities and workshops.”

“Didn’t know what to expect to be honest, this weekend was brilliant!”

“I was so happy to share our experience and glad to hear I’m not on my own.”

“Clear sharing of information
in layman’s terms.”


ISL Bill

ISL Bill!

The Irish Sign Language Bill continues to progress through the Houses of the Oireachtas, and the Bill passed all stages in the Seanad on October 17th.

It will now proceed to the Dail, and hopefully will be enacted before Christmas or shortly afterwards. The Bill includes an important section on education which will make it mandatory for the Department Of Education and skills to provide children who communicate through sign language with qualified Educational ISL Interpreters and an improved scheme to support families in learning sign language.

These measures were hard fought, and Andrew Geary, a parent from Cork, deserves particular credit for his commitment to this section of the Bill. When these measures are implemented, they will certainly improve the educational outcomes for those children who use ISL.


DeafHear itself has been busy internally developing a new strategic plan and brand. The Strategic Plan is almost complete, and key priorities identified include the development of children’s services and specific programmes for young people to transition from schools to further education and employment. More information on this will be available on the website in the next couple of months.

And now for some upcoming events and activities! Firstly, don’t forget to check out the Events pages to see what is happening in your area over the Halloween period. Here are some other activities to watch out for:

NDW Reunion weekend

NDW Reunion weekend!

In celebration of 10 years of family weekends for parents of newly diagnosed children, we are holding a ‘Reunion Weekend in November. The event is fully booked with 32 families due to attend.

The theme of the weekend is ‘Family Resilience’. Presenters include Dr John Sharry, a well-known psychotherapist and author, Rachel Cassen from Leap, Pól Bond from NEPS and our own Valerie Downes, Social Worker and Family Therapist.

Filming Project

DeafHear recently received funding from the Early Childhood Ireland’s Pyjama Day Fund and The Community Foundation for Ireland to create audio-visual resources for families of children with a hearing loss aged between 0 and 6yrs and the various professionals working with the child/family. The film clips will also be a resource for the communities where the children live and groups/clubs they attend.

The film clips will feature parents, extended family members of children with a hearing loss and professionals working in the area of hearing loss.  Families will talk about their experiences and demonstrate how they support their child’s communication needs in their daily lives. We think this is an exciting project that will provide a really useful and easily accessible resource for families and communities into the future.

That’s all for now. We hope you enjoy the Halloween break and that you and your family can take part in the local events in your areas. And feel free to get in touch at anytime by contacting your local Resource Centre, or emailing us below.




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