Helping Deaf Children
Deaf children cannot automatically pick up language as hearing children do by simple listening. When hearing children start school, they have already developed a very sophisticated level of communication using hearing and speech, and this is a spring board on which all other learning is based. Deaf children need specialised, intensive and individual plans to help them build alternative means of communication. For many years in the UK deaf children were admitted to school a year ahead of their hearing peers for just this reason. Richmond has recognised this and so funding pre-school services is a priority for us.