Sunday, 23 December 2018

The Sign Gene

There is no such thing, as sign is acquired/taught to supplement a deafness gene, 46+ in fact...

5 things they can do but we cannot.

It's very much do as we ask and not what we do ourselves, isn't it?  Having attended the recent Xmas celebrations at my local deaf club the total absence of any hearing or family members was plain to see...  The question asked, is how many hearing will actually SEE this vlog?

Keeping Quiet for Xmas...

Why Christmas can be tricky for deaf children - and what you can do to help Two families explain what Christmas is like for a deaf child - and how to make festivities more inclusive 

Christmas a very exciting time of year for children, as they love the magic of Santa, the decorations and celebrating with family and friends. But amid the chaos and noisiness of festivities, it can be a tricky time for deaf children who may find it difficult to participate in all the activities - and feel like they're missing out on the fun. 

Lynn Chipperfield, 41, lives in Manchester with daughter Freya, eight, who is profoundly deaf and has been fitted with cochlear implants. She says for Freya, pretty much every element of Christmas is affected by hearing loss, whether it's films without subtitles at the cinema, visiting Santa or increased background noise at events. 

Mum Lynn says it's important to repeat if necessary to make deaf children feel included. "We find the sheer volume of activities causes so much fatigue. Each event is harder at Christmas due to increased noise levels, the concentration required and amount of people asking her questions," Lynn tells the Mirror. 

"A hearing child can absorb the conversation even if it's not directed at them by overhearing, but Freya will ask what has just been said. Even if it wasn't a conversation directed at her it's important to repeat it as she has the right to be included. "'It doesn't matter' is a banned phrase in our house - it always does!" Lots of us take for granted how easy it is to follow conversations with family and friends, so willingness and patience to repeat phrases for deaf children is crucial.

New Year's Day and Christmas Lynn says some of their favourite activities at Christmas time are dressing up the dogs and watching their favourite festive film The Polar Express - and they can connect it directly to Freya's implants.  Although aspects of Christmas are a challenge for Freya, she still says she loves it. The eight-year-old tells the Mirror: "I wish Christmas would be quieter so I could hear everything but Christmas is very fun and I have been extremely good this year."