Rais­ing aware­ness of deaf­ness in kids

Wishaw Press - - YEAR OF THE YOUNG -

Deaf chil­dren and their hear­ing friends in Mother­well spent the day tak­ing part in in­for­ma­tive and en­gag­ing work­shops about all as­pects of deaf­ness.

The Road­show, an eight- ton pur­ple bus that turns into a high-tech class­room, vis­ited pupils at Glen­cairn Pri­mary re­cently de­liv­er­ing sup­port, ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion to some of the 79 deaf chil­dren who live in the area.

The Road­show team spent the day de­liv­er­ing work­shops to deaf chil­dren, hear­ing friends, teach­ers and par­ents.

One work­shop pro­moted men­tal health and emo­tional well­be­ing sup­port for deaf chil­dren. Through creative and fun ac­tiv­i­ties, deaf chil­dren learnt what good emo­tional health is and how best to en­sure both their bod­ies and minds re­main healthy. This in­cluded iden­ti­fy­ing strate­gies to help man­age their own men­tal health.

Mark Gill, out­reach of­fi­cer on the Road­show, who is deaf him­self and drives the Road­show bus said: “Around 78 per cent of deaf chil­dren in the UK go to main­stream schools where they may be the only deaf child. As the Road­show trav­els across the UK we work to em­power young deaf chil­dren and raise aware­ness of deaf­ness among their hear­ing peers.

“I see our im­pact when hear­ing the pos­i­tive feed­back from chil­dren and their par­ents.”

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