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This week, during Deaf Awareness Week the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society) are highlighting findings from their published research on the experiences of their members whose children have mild to moderate hearing loss and teachers, in conjunction with the Ear Foundation. The research also draws out issues and concerns about the support that families receive.
They are keen to six common myths about children with mild and moderate hearing loss and what is possible with the right support.
Mild and moderate hearing loss can often be overlooked because of a perception that it is not a serious condition or that children are ‘coping’ at home and at school. This report newly published in May 2015 during Deaf Awareness Week highlights six common myths about children with mild and moderate hearing loss and what is possible with the right support.
This is a much bigger issue than many people realise and the latest information form the Consortium for Research into Deaf Education (CRIDE) 2013 UK summary report, amended in December 2014, states that 80% of school-aged deaf children attend mainstream schools.
Here is a summary of the six common myths the NDCS wants to bust about children with mild to moderate hearing loss and what is possible with the right support:
Myth 1: All deaf children use sign language
Myth 2: Deaf children with mild or moderate hearing loss can hear everything with their hearing aids in
Myth 3: Deaf children can’t enjoy music
Myth 4: Deaf children can’t make themselves understood
Myth 5: Deaf children can’t attend a mainstream school
Myth 6: Deaf children won’t be able to get a job when they finish their education
Click here for a BBC news article covering the same research.