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There are ever increasing options and solutions offered by hearing technology. There are more ways to connect wirelessly than ever before. Teenagers seamlessly stream music and phone calls to their hearing technology and young children use TV streamers so that their favourite television programmes is at a level perfect for their hearing loss.
However there is still no magic adapter for making and keeping friends. No magic software to interpret the thoughts and feelings of those around us to help us learn how to socially problem solve and multi task. Talk to parents and they will tell you, technology is wonderful and clear speech and academic success for their children with hearing loss is important, but what they really want to know is whether their child is happy, communicating well with peers and thriving socially.
‘What teenagers want most is social rewards, especially the respect of their peers’ Alison Gopnik
Whether it’s connecting on Snapchat or Instagram likes, teenager’s sense of self and well being is neurologically programmed to need to belong to a peer group who accept and value them. It causes pain when this connection absent. We will listen to the stories of teenagers with hearing loss and will share research into why this is not always happening.
Leave this course more confident to recognise the complex skills our teenagers with hearing loss need to thrive socially. There will be a focus on how the language we use, along with our actions affect what people think, imagine and feel about us and what we can do about it. There will be lots of time to problem solve and share resources you currently use to grow social competence with a range of deaf teenagers. We will be sharing the ASSETS programme as developed by Imagine IF, which forms the basis of our TEF Teens curriculum.