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Andy Palmer: Forget the ice bucket challenge. Do the Tea Bag Challenge for the NDCS!

September 11, 2014

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Forget the Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s SO yesterday. Things have moved on with a brand new challenge that anyone can try, while keeping dry and avoiding neck injuries. Yes, instead of pouring ice cold water over yourself, why not simply throw a tea bag into some hot water? I am, of course, talking about the Tea Bag […]

Andy Palmer: 7 speech development tips for children with cochlear implants

September 3, 2014

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Going through boxes of dusty old stuff at the weekend I rediscovered a home-made game that I made to help my deaf son learn how to hear with his cochlear implant. It was something I called the ‘Ling Machine.’ The Ling Sounds are just noises that cover the spectrum of speech, from a low ‘mmm’ […]

Deaf News: NHS consulting on new communication rules for deaf patients

August 15, 2014

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NHS England have revealed this week that they are consulting on a range of measures to firstly take account of patient’s communication needs and then take steps to provide information to patients in the most appropriate way. If adopted, the ‘Accessible Information Standard’ will mean hospitals and GPs must provide communication support like sign language interpreters […]

The 7 biggest risks to your child’s cochlear implant processor

July 24, 2014

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They’re fiddly, they’re amazing and they’re expensive. I can think of no other situation when any sane parent would hang £14,000 of delicate equipment off their children’s ears. But if your child has cochlear implants, that’s what you have to do everyday. Here in Blighty we don’t have to pay big bucks to buy them, […]

Andy Palmer: GPs should have access to video interpreting or STTR on the road. As standard

July 22, 2014

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I confess, I’ve done it. I did it more than once and I wouldn’t have had it any other way at the time. In the same circumstances I would do it again. To what am I confessing? Interpreting for my deaf family in medical situations, of course. Some people say that the reason why sign […]

Andy Palmer: 10 situations when knowing sign language can help any deaf child (BSL)

July 18, 2014

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Many severely or profoundly deaf kids these days wear cochlear implants or hearing aids. Some parents, new to the experience of having deaf children and advised by audiologists and scientists, may think that sign language seems unnecessary and their focus wholly falls on listening skills and speech development. But what happens when things don’t go to plan? Like […]

The Question: Should family sign language courses be expanded?

July 16, 2014

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If there is one thing that learning sign language is known for, it is being expensive. To become a competent signer can cost many hundreds or thousands of pounds and the result of that is that families of deaf children, arguably those who may need it most, will not be able to afford to learn. […]