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DPDC Discussions: Hearing aids – Do you encourage or force your child to wear them?

Question: My child is four and she does not wear hearing aids at her mainstream school. They don’t seem to benefit her and she always takes them off. We don’t believe in forcing the aids on her though they are always available.  What does everyone do re hearing aids, do you encourage/force your child to wear them?

One parent says that their child didn’t want to wear hearings aids, but then one day when he/she was six, he/she one day out of the blue decided to wear them, and is now nine and has worn them everyday since and makes great use of them.

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Report on the DPDC Derby Event!

After an appeal for sponsors, Communication IDZebra UnoLexicon Signstream, The Thorntons Derbyshire Fund and Derbyshire Community FoundationRolls RoyceCommunication PlusArboretum Café, Clarion, ALSI and BSL interpreter Emily Copping all came to the rescue!  The DPDC event which took place on Saturday October 5th at the deaf-led Arboretum Café in Derby thankfully went ahead as planned!

We started off by updating everyone on DPDC’s progress in the last year and then chaired a workshop which gave parents the opportunity discuss a wide range of topics such as techniques on how to read school books to BSL-using kids i.e should you read in a SSE style, discussed phonics at great length with lots of suggestions for different kinds of visual phonics, whether the interpreter in a mainstream school should teach French via French Sign Language or via BSL, the right for deaf children to have music lessons in all types of schools even in a deaf school, secondary school options – the ongoing unease with all the possible options, SEN Statements and how to crack them and lastly your child making hearing friends in mainstream schools and how to make sure children integrate with your deaf child.  The notes from these discussions will be published on our website.

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Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Squad – Saturday 7th September!

The monthly tennis coaching for all deaf children aged 3-14 at the Gosling Sports Park has gone from strength to strength, we now have an average of 30 deaf kids of all ages participating.

The next session is on Saturday September 7th from 10.30-12pm. The sessions are coached by both deaf and hearing coaches.

We are delighted and excited to announce that we have a new deaf coach working with us on September 7th –  Cathy Fletcher!  Cathy is the new National Deaf Coach, who also represented Great Britain at the recent Deaflympics in Sofia. Cathy won a Gold medal in the 2009 Deaflympics in mixed doubles and is a National Deaf Champion many times over. Check out her impressive international profile page –

Cathy Fletcher wins Gold at the Taiwan 2009 Deaflympics for Mixed Doubles

– The 3-5 age group will start at 11am and finish at 12pm.
– The 6-14 age group will start at 10.30am and finish at 12pm.
– ALL kids in the 3-5 age group must be accompanied by a parent/adult.
– Please provide your kids with a water bottle to take on the court as the sessions are quite active!
– Please ensure you pay £3 (per child) for the session on arrival at the Gosling Sports Park reception.
– We will always be using the indoor courts, so the sessions are on regardless of the weather!

If you want to register your child, or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Nick Beese on
If you have already registered with us, there is no need to confirm your place – just turn up!

Please share/send this onto any families or groups with deaf kids! Thanks!

The sessions are being organised by Deaf Parents Deaf Children, in partnership with the British Deaf Tennis Association (BDTA), the Tennis Foundation and Gosling Sports Park.

Address: Gosling Sports Park, Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6XE
Venue website:
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Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Squad

Gosling Sports Park Deaf Tennis Squad


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Reading & Dyslexia in Deaf Children – City University London Research Project

We are a team of researchers based at City University London and the University of Bedfordshire who are looking at reading and dyslexia in Year 6 deaf children. We have recently collected data on oral deaf children and now the next phase of the research is focusing on signing deaf children.

Many deaf children have reading difficulties however there are no reading tests designed specifically for deaf children. Our research will produce scores for deaf children in Year 6 on a number of deaf-friendly reading tests. This will hopefully be the first step in developing standardised reading tests for deaf children which teachers may use in the future to check the reading progress of deaf children in their class.

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BSL SDQ translating project

What does SDQ mean, what it is and why?

The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), is a screening that asks questions about emotions and behaviour. It is filled in by parents, teachers and young people. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) use it to measure mental health problems when they first see young people and families, and use it again after treatment to see if the problems have improved. The SDQ has been translated into 60+ spoken languages, but not British Sign Language (BSL). The SDQ was created by Robert Goodman.

There are three different SDQs, one for parents, young people and teachers. Each of the SDQ questionnaires has been translated into BSL to enable the screening for each group. We would need to recruit to each one so we can validate the SDQ in BSL and to see if it is accessible for BSL user.

For the SDQ to work successfully, we require three different types of volunteers; parents, young people and teachers. One or more of these may be BSL users. These three volunteers will make up what is known as a ‘triad’.

The benefits from this research will support Deaf children and young people in the future making sure they get access to the right assessment tools in the language of their choice because Deaf children and young people are 2/3 times more likely than hearing people to have a mental health problem in their lives.

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Report on the DPDC Halloween Event in Wolverhampton!

On the Saturday the 27th October Nikki Beech and her staff from Zebra worked very hard to produce a great success of our latest DPDC event, which was sponsored by both Zebra Uno and Remark! Community.

The children’s event was Halloween themed activity day at a lovely venue called Bantock House in Wolverhampton for all the 25 children who attended with the volunteers from Zebra Uno.  The children were greeted by tables with different activities such as making your own ghost puppet, face painting, sticky clay making, drawing scary faces and other ghostly activities.

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Tennis Coaching for Deaf Children in Surrey (ages 5-12)

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Starting this month there are lots of tennis coaching sessions for deaf children (aged 5-12) in Reigate and Weybridge, Surrey!  The coaches are both deaf and hearing.

For  details of classes please see the poster below, for further information please email

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New direction for the NDCS Sign Up! Campaign

The National Deaf Children’s Society’s (NDCS) Sign Up! campaign is taking a new direction, they need your help.

Last autumn, lots of you wrote to your MP and signed the petition to gain fair access to British Sign Language (BSL) classes. Although MPs and Ministers recognised this as an important issue, little has yet been done about it.

NDCS is encouraging families who need to learn sign language to consider taking legal action against their local authority. We think that taking legal action will set a precedent, and will help many more families throughout the UK.

In order to take legal action, families will need to be eligible for legal aid. To claim legal aid, you must either receive income support or employment and support allowance or earn less than £2,657 and your assets are less than £8,000. Gaining legal aid will mean that taking legal action won’t cost you anything, even if your case is not successful.

If you are interested in this, or would like to find out more information, please contact the Campaigns Team by emailing or call 0207 014 1119.

If you know of someone who has had problems accessing sign language courses, please tell them to contact the campaigns team.

Find out more information about the Sign Up! campaign here.

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