What can you expect from the service?
We offer advice and support to professionals and parents about:
- the development of listening, language and communication
- social-emotional development
- transition between schools
- the use of hearing technology and specialist equipment
Our Teachers of the Deaf run sessions in Hertfordshire for deaf babies, toddlers, children and their families. The sessions, called Communication for Hearing Impaired Children and Support (CHICS), helps to develop children's communication skills through a range of fun activities.
- Provides free play activities, including arts and crafts, ball pools, puzzles and games, in order to help children understand communication through play and social interaction.
- Helps to improve listening skills with song and rhyme times.
- Provides a weekly programme of activities to improve language, literacy and numeracy skills.
- Provides support for parents, who can discuss their concerns with an expert. Teachers of the Deaf can also give parents resources and ideas to help their child at home.
Our Teachers of the Deaf provide staff at preschools and schools with practical ways to help their hearing impaired pupils to learn and progress. This includes helping staff to:
- Make reasonable adjustments in the classroom, such as reducing background noise where possible.
- Use assistive technology like radio aids.
- Use strategies to help pupils learn with the class, including providing visual aids in lessons and supporting pupils to contribute in group discussions.
- Support hearing impaired pupils during lunch and break times, which can often be difficult times for them.
Sometimes our Teachers of the Deaf will work directly with a pupil on a regular basis, or may give 1 to 1 support in the classroom. This is for pupils with the most severe needs (they may be in a special school or have an Education, Health and Care Plan).