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Storytelling with your child (BSL Study)

Do you use BSL as your primary language of communication with your family and have a child aged 30-48 months?

We are looking for participants in a study that involves a child and their parent interacting naturally about different set of toys.

We would prefer if the parents are deaf but everyone is welcome as long as your child is learning BSL as their first language and you communicate with your child using BSL. Your child may be deaf or hearing.

The study has two different parts. In the first part, you and your child will be video recorded while talking about toy objects (sets of animals, foods and kitchen utensils) as you would normally do. You will be talking about one set of objects (6 toys) at a time and in some cases, we will leave the toys with you and in other cases we will take the toys away. This part of the study will not take more than 20-30 minutes.

In the second part of the study, we will ask you to indicate what signs your child knows from a list. We ask you to indicate whether your child understands and/or uses the sign themselves. This part of the study will take no more than 5-10 minutes.

The whole study should not take more than an hour, including the setup.

We would like to carry out the study in your home as we believe this may be more comfortable and convenient.

All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Data will not be associated to your or your child’s personal details (name, date of birth, address) and will be securely stored on a local, password protected server that will only be accessed by research team members.

We will pay you for your time: Payment for the caregiver will be £15 per hour/session, and your child will receive a little gift.

Please do get in touch if you are interested in being involved, and we can book a day and time. We are looking to do this study in July. Please do get in touch with me via email at If you require more information, I am more than happy to answer any questions.

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DPDC Discussions: Should my deaf child use a Level 6 interpreter or a CSW?

Question: My child (4) has a Level 6 Interpreter at school. Everyone seems to have different views on whether a child should have an interpreter or CSW.  Some say that a child of 4 will struggle with the concept of an interpreter and a softer/caring approach of a CSW would be better. What are your views and experiences?

The general consensus was that it was important to find the right person for your child. Most importantly this person needs to have Level 6 BSL, or be currently working to achieve the qualification.

The person you choose needs to have the right attitude and is good with your child and the other children in the class. The interpreter would need to be happy to sit on the floor and adapt to the classroom environment.

In most cases it is down to luck and finding an interpreter who can commit to working school hours.

One parent says that he/she was advised that a deaf child aged 3-6 is not properly equipped to work with an interpreter, as the concept of the interpreter translating everything the teacher says is difficult to grasp.  The advice that the parent got was that a child aged 3-6 should be given a CSW, and then when the time is right the child should transition to using an interpreter.

One parent said that his/her reception child (aged 4) has learnt to use an interpreter and has developed a great working relationship. At first, when the teacher asked a question to the class, the child would respond with the correct answer, the interpreter would remind the child that he/she needs to raise his/her hand first to give the answer. The child would do this, but would give an incorrect answer the second time as he/she thought the first answer was incorrect as the interpreter didn’t validate/praise it.  This child quickly grasped the mechanics of the process and now raises his/her hand and waits for the teacher to ask for the answer via the interpreter.

The parent who has a child in reception (aged 4) uses the same interpreter 5 days a week and the interpreter does not need breaks as the intensity/learning level is at a slower pace with lots of play time and short breaks factored in anyway. The same interpreter advises that another interpreter needs to be employed as a co-worker when the child gets older as the learning/teaching intensity is greater.

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DPDC Discussions: Making friends and attachment to the BSL interpreter.

Question: How can I help my mainstreamed child make friends and ensure he/she does not get too glued to his/her interpreter at the school.

One parent who has a child at a resource base school says that the interpreter tries to stand back and allow the child to mix with others during play time.  The interpreter/CSW needs to make decisions on how much space to give the child to allow them to develop social skills and make friends at school.

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