Roadshow for deaf children held in town
Deaf children and their hearing friends have learnt how vibrating alarm clocks help deaf children get to school on time and learnt top tips to consider in the playground.
It was all part of the National Deaf Children’s Society Roadshow, an eight ton purple lorry that turns into a high-tech classroom, which visited pupils at St Cuthbert’s First School in Tweedmouth.
The roadshow team spent the day giving workshops about the difficulties that deaf children often face; including practical tips on how best to communicate with a deaf child: Get their attention with a wave, or a tap on the shoulder; speak one at a time; face them when speaking; don’t cover your mouth; be visual, don’t be afraid to use gestures or actions; never give up.
Mark Gill, outreach officer for the National Deaf Children’s Society, said: “A visit from the roadshow can make a real difference for a deaf child struggling with confidence, independence or communication and the more we can do to spread deaf awareness and information, the better.”