When a child is diagnosed as severely or profoundly deaf, the parents’ first question is often “Will s/he be able to talk?”
It is a very natural question; all parents normally expect to share their language with all their children. We believe that not only is it their right but that, for the vast majority of deaf children, it is a perfectly valid option.
Find out more here in this section to discover the Natural Aural Approach and other support that can help your family to achieve the best potential for your deaf child.
Family Support Online Drop in Events
We are providing monthly online drop in events for parents/guardians/grandparents through Zoom to be a part of the Natural Aural Community to ask questions, discuss and share experiences of raising their deaf child at home and at school.
Each month will carry a theme and parents will be able to sign in from the comfort of their own home to be involved in sessions expected to last one hour to 90 minutes.
The sessions will be led by one of our Parent Trustees and it is run by parents for parents to discuss the following:
- Audiology and technology
- Language development
- Inclusivity and involvement
- and more!
You can sign up for free in one of our drop in events below. Click on the button and fill out the form (takes 2 minutes) and you will receive a confirmation email and Zoom link the day before the event.
Sign up to register your place
Book your place for your parent drop in sessions.
Upcoming Parent Drop in Sessions
Thurs 17th March 2022 7.30pm – Ask the Experienced Panel’ of cochlear implant and hearing aid deaf users
Thurs 19th May 2022 7.30pm – ‘What I wish I had known then’ – passing on by Bob & Jill White – parent of a deaf child (now a doctor!)
Thurs 16th June 2022 7.30pm – Cochlear Implant Workshop
No session in April due to Easter
Do you need family support today?
Information for Families
My Child is Deaf - what can I do?
One in every 1000 children in the UK is born with a hearing problem. 9 out of 10 deaf children are part of hearing families. Most of these families have never met a deaf child before and do not know what to expect.
Discover the Natural Aural Approach
The Natural Aural Approach seeks to manage deafness in children whilst allowing them to enjoy, and benefit from, normal childhood learning experiences within the family and the family’s community and culture.
Making the Natural Aural Approach work
High quality testing and fitting of hearing aids, backed by research, ensures that each child can hear to his/her best ability. It is no longer a matter of ‘put a hearing aid in the ear and hope’.
Factsheets to support you and your family
We provide factsheets, information sheets and more to help you support your deaf child in their Natural Aural Approach.
Just like every other child
A child who is hearing impaired goes through exactly the same stages of development as a hearing child. The most important thing for you and all your family to remember is that your child is still the same child, whatever anyone said about her hearing.
Hearing aids: an introduction
The ones that are right for your child. There are many different makes and models of hearing aids to suit all types of hearing loss. The experts will prescribe the most suitable one for your child and show you how to fit it and look after it. Your child’s teacher of the deaf will continue to help.
Learning to talk
Hearing babies and children can learn to talk through listening and talking. They don’t know they are doing it and it is always FUN! Deaf children are no different.
Hearing Aids for my child
Choosing the right hearing aid, ear mould and more is important for your child. Hearing aids today are digital and can flexibly be programmed to meet need across the range of hearing loss
The Monitoring Protocol
After the identification of hearing loss it is vital that the baby and child’s developmental progress is tracked and supported. The professional can offer support to the family when they have a full understanding of the sequential nature of language and listening development.
Reading and the deaf child
All children come to books in different ways and at different times and, as with other aspects of the Natural Aural approach, the key for deaf children is being interested in and enjoying books – wanting to read just as they wanted to speak
Understanding hearing loss
By understanding your child’s hearing loss you can understand how much the technology enables your child to hear, listen and talk.
Hearing aids make a difference
Neonatal Hearing screening has given us the opportunity to identify and fit hearing aids early so that deaf babies can learn language naturally alongside their hearing peers. Language is best developed through age appropriate play and interaction.