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How Parents Of Deaf Children Can Empower Their Studies During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created problems across all sections of society. Children in education have been particularly impacted, with significant disruption to their routines. Empowering deaf children to make the most of their studies while working from home is essential. 

Fortunately, it can be simple to help your deaf children work well from home with some preparation and planning. Here are some of the ways that parents can help their deaf children thrive during COVID-19. 

Give Them Independence

One of the best ways to empower any child is by giving them a level of responsibility and independence in their studies. That’s not to say that you should leave it all up to them! Giving your kids the power to make some choices in their education can help them feel more confident in their abilities and more likely to engage fully. 

You could consider allowing your child a set ‘free’ lesson. During this time, they can come up with an activity or piece of work to complete and present it to you at the end. You could also consider allowing your child time to work on homework by themselves while being close enough to give them help if they need it. 

Seek Advice And Resources From Experts

There are many resources out there for deaf children and their parents. The best place to start is with your child’s school. Seeking advice from your child’s teacher can help you ensure that you give your child the support they need. If you are feeling uncertain or overwhelmed, they will be able to give you advice and signpost you to organisations that will help further. 

There are also plenty of online resources that you could use, many of which are free to access. 

Make Use Of The Technologies Available

Assistive technology for deaf people has been improving year on year. Thanks to the pandemic, the rate at which new technologies are improving the learning experience of deaf children is incredible. It may help to look into some of the technologies available to see which may benefit your child most. Services such as real-time sign language translation can be invaluable for deaf pupils. 

Another excellent example of assistive technology is the Caption.Ed real-time captions for live or pre-recorded video. This allows your child to follow the content of a lesson in real-time through the captions on screen and gives you the option to download the transcript for future studying. 

Keep Them (And You) Active

Staying fit and active is an essential part of keeping your children on track with their studies. Encouraging your deaf child to engage in active playtime can be the best way to keep them energised and ready for a day of learning at home. You could consider giving them some control over the activities you do, for instance, by letting them choose an online PE video that they will enjoy. 

Joining your children in active play and PE classes can be an excellent way to bond and have fun with your child throughout the day. It can help you both feel happier and more productive as you go about your daily routine.

Look For Virtual Support And Social Opportunities

It is as important to care for your mental wellbeing as it is to care for your child’s, so consider reaching out to a few experts from organisations and charities that cater to deaf children and parents. Joining outreach groups for parents and deaf children can help keep you connected and give you a crucial support system.

Socialising has largely been impossible over the past 12 months. This has been a challenge for deaf kids and parents alike. Finding a local support group can be an excellent way to meet new people and expand your social circle. While remote meetups may not give you the same benefits as face-to-face meetings, they can help to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. 

Create A Routine With Their Input

A good routine is crucial for a deaf child’s education. You should set clear start and finish times for the at-home school day and stick to them. It could help to get your child’s input into the routine you choose. This can help to build their confidence and independence, as mentioned above. The amount you take your child’s thoughts into consideration will depend on their age and abilities, but it can be a helpful way to empower any child. 

Take Them Out Into The World

Learning doesn’t have to happen exclusively at home or school. You could consider taking your child out on field trips to local areas to help them connect with nature and education them about the wider world. You could also incorporate education into daily tasks like grocery shopping and discussions around the dinner table. 

An excellent example is taking your child grocery shopping and giving them a set amount to spend on what they would like. You could challenge them to buy the most they can with the amount you have given them, to help them develop their mental arithmetic skills.