Support for Children and Families
Children and Families Services
The Children and Families team offer a dedicated service for families with deaf or hard of hearing children across Northamptonshire
At Deafconnect we put the needs of Deaf and hard of hearing people at the heart of everything we do. Our services aim to help children and young people learn new things, make new friends and to feel they are valued and included.
Advice and Support
Our Children and Families Officers can provide support and advocacy services to both deaf and hearing parents with deaf children. We also support deaf children from birth to 17 years, their siblings, friends and wider family.
Often when children are first diagnosed with a hearing loss parents are unsure of where they will get support and how they will be able to help their child. Our aim is to help families feel confident in doing this.
We encourage deaf children to become independent and confident individuals through activities we run, giving them the opportunity to develop themselves in a safe environment and to feel happy and secure with their deaf identify.
As a parent, finding your way through a maze of Special Needs information, advice, education and financial support can seem daunting. We are happy to help you with this providing independent, confidential advice about what’s available to your child and helping with form filling,
We are happy to attend meetings in school and elsewhere to support and advocate for you if you find it difficult to say how you feel or express what you think your child needs. Give us a call or drop us an email
Family Sign Language
We offer six sessions of basic sign language free of charge for families of deaf children. The sessions are fun and based around games, songs and activities.
Whether your child is oral or uses signs is not important, signing can help give them a sense of their Deaf identity and an introduction to the Deaf community.
Nowadays signing is used for all babies as they can control their hand movements before they learn to control their vocal chords, it’s great for everyone!
Why not book in and have some fun family time learning a new skill? Sessions can be run in your own home or in a group setting with other families.
Deafconnect organise 10 days of activities throughout school holidays such as:
- Tropical bird land
- Pottery Painting
- Go Ape
- Art Classes
- Fun and Games
- Laser Quest
These events are for both deaf and hard of hearing children and their siblings. The aim is for everyone to get involved, have fun, mix with other deaf children and help develop their communication skills, social skills and self confidence
All staff involved in the care and supervision of children have full CRB/DBS clearance, references, safeguarding training, deaf awareness and can sign. Keep an eye on this page for a list of activities coming up.
If you would like to add your name and address to our mailing list to receive information about our events by post, please contact us.
Our youth clubs meet once a month on a Friday and they provide deaf children with an opportunity to meet other deaf children in a relaxed environment where everyone is understood and included.
For the Seniors there is the Senior Club (Funky Fridays) for 11-18 year olds. They meet from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. They have the chance to catch up and chat with their friends but also the opportunity to talk in confidence to a member of staff about any concerns or worries they may have.
We are currently working on the young people taking charge of the running of the group and taking on different roles within the club. This helps give them a sense of responsibility and improves their confidence and self esteem. We play games and do crafts and we also do activities based around life skills and promoting self esteem, confidence and mental health.
The Junior Club meets from 4 – 6pm for 4-11 year olds. There we play team games so everyone can take part and we also have messy play activity and a craft activity. There is also a quiet corner with books for anyone who wants to chill out after school. It’s an opportunity for deaf children to spend time with other deaf children so they don’t feel isolated.
Children pay £2 a session and this includes hot food . Both groups are supported by staff and volunteers who are experienced in child care