The BTHA has produced a leaflet in partnership with the National Deaf Children’s Society to raise awareness of the importance of toys and play for young deaf children.
This is the fourth addition to a series of leaflets produced by the BTHA aimed at improving the lives of children with special needs.
Children who are deaf or have a hearing impairment may have difficulty learning from traditional teaching methods. The leaflet informs parents on how play and toys can help with their child’s development. Playing is an advantageous way for young deaf children to learn and develop language, communication and other essential life skills.
The BTHA recognises the importance of supporting different children’s charities to encourage parents to incorporate more play into their child’s day and have teamed up with the National Deaf Children’s Society to share expertise for parents of children with hearing impairments.
The information provided includes tips for parents and carers on play activities and the types of toys that are best in enhancing the learning of young deaf children, as well as offering a range of play ideas to fit into parents’ schedules.
Kerri Atherton, communications & public affairs officer at the BTHA said, “It’s such a great opportunity to be able to work with the National Deaf Children’s Society to help parents and carers of young deaf children get the most out of playtime. Play is critical to child development and we hope our tips and advice will help make playtime easier.”
Emma Aldridge, head of information at the National Deaf Children’s Society said, “As over 90% of deaf children are born to parents with no experience of deafness, it’s so important that parents understand how to make play accessible and beneficial for their deaf child. From communication games to listening games to singing games, there are plenty of activities in this leaflet that will ensure parents can help their deaf child to thrive.”
The BTHA play series, which can be found on the BTHA and Make Time 2 Play websites, also includes play and toys for children with Down’s syndrome, autism and those who are blind or partially sighted.