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Starting Out: Supporting deaf babies, children, and their families in the early years

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Are you a professional working with deaf children (0-7 years) and their families?

Join us for our upcoming online conference, where we will bring together leaders and practitioners to share and discuss the importance of supporting families and carers of deaf children in the early years.

Overview

Five babies are born deaf every day in the UK. We know they can do anything other children can do, given the right support from the start. Families and carers have the greatest influence on a child’s outcomes but they need support to access clear balanced information and make informed choices.

Our online conference will highlight best practice and guidance, and give you practical ideas on how to best support deaf children and their families.

This event will be focused around 3 main themes:

• Language and communication development

• Emotional and social development

• Empowering families

Similar to previous years, deaf children and families will play a central role in the conference. You will also have the opportunity to hear about personal experiences first-hand from families of deaf children.

Who is it for?

This online conference is designed for all professionals working with deaf children (0-7 years) and their families.

Why attend?

Hear from high profile leaders and practitioners about the importance of supporting families and carers of deaf children in the early years. Gain insight into the challenges faced and best practice ideas in improving the support provided to them.

Meet the speakers

Professor Bencie Woll: Professor of Sign Language and Deaf Studies, UCL.

Bencie has been involved in research on sign language for nearly 40 years, starting with research at the University of Bristol where she was a co-founder of the Centre for Deaf Studies. Bencie moved to City University London in 2005 to take up the newly created Chair in Sign Language and Deaf Studies. From City she moved in 2005 to UCL, where she is currently Professor of Sign Language and Deaf Studies. In 2006, together with colleagues at UCL and City, Bencie founded DCAL, and served as Director until 2016.

Bencie will be discussing multi-modality and early language development in deaf children.

Evelien Dirks: Senior researcher, specialising in Language and Hearing, NSDSK.

Evelien Dirks, is a senior researcher at the NSDSK, specialist in Language and Hearing. Her research focuses on parent-child interaction, language, social-emotional and cognitive development in young deaf and hard of hearing children. She is also involved in projects focusing on early literacy and numeracy development of deaf and hard of hearing children. Next to her research she co-developed books, movies, courses, and apps for children with hearing loss, caregivers, and professionals.

Evelien will be discussing promoting social-emotional development in children with hearing loss: the importance of caregivers.

Workshops on the day

A: Supporting pragmatic development: how deaf babies learn to communicate and use language for social interaction.

This workshop is led by:

• Dr Danielle Matthews, Reader in Cognitive Development, The University of Sheffield.

• Dr Ciara Kelly, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield.

B: What does best practice in early support look like and how do we know? Insights from international research and evaluation.

This workshop is led by:

• Gwen Carr, Consultant in Early Years Hearing Detection and Intervention and Family-Centred Practice/Hon. Senior Research Associate, UCL Ear Institute.

C: Time to play: making language learning purposeful, fun and engaging.

This workshop is led by:

• Noel Kenely, Senior Auditory Verbal Therapist, AVUK.

D: Working with priority families.

This workshop is led by:

• Helen Ingram, Family Programme Operational Manager - Early Years and Family Engagement, National Deaf Children's Society.

• Alison Skinner, Priority Families Engagement Officer - Early Years and Family Engagement, National Deaf Children's Society.

E: Supporting the families of deaf babies and children remotely.

This workshop is led by:

• Carla Rose-Hardman, Family Programmes and Involvement Manager - Early Years and Family Engagement, National Deaf Children's Society.

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FAQs

Do I need to book my own communication support?

No - please let us know what communication support you require and we will book it for you.

Can I book a place without a purchase order number?

Yes. If you are waiting for a PO number to be approved, enter 'to be confirmed' when registering and let us know the number once approved.

How do I find out your bank details?

If you need our bank details in order to add the National Deaf Children's Society as a supplier on your finance system, please contact us and we can send these to you (training@ndcs.org.uk).

How do I access the conference?

Approx. 2-3 weeks before the conference, we will send you joining instructions, including login details and preparation materials. As this is an online conference, you will need a laptop/ tablet/ smart phone to see the sessions. You may like to use a video camera or microphone, but these are not compulsory.

Can I share my log in details with a friend of colleague to join?

No. The log in details are for 1 person only.

There will be a registration period prior to the start of the event where we will be checking the name of those entering against the delegate list (names of those registered to the purchased tickets).

If your name does not feature on the list, you will not be allowed entry to the conference.

What if I need to cancel?

If you cancel;

  • 7 working days or fewer before the planned date, a charge of 100% of the total cost will be made
  • 8-14 working days before the planned date, a charge of 50% will be made
  • 15 or more working days before the planned date, no charge will be made.

Interested in our other courses?

Take a look at our website

If you have any further questions, please contact us via email via training@ndcs.org.uk

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