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Journal Club – Deaf children and young people

Scottish Sensory Centre (SSC)
22nd June 2021
4:00pm - 5:00pm

The new Journal Club is aimed at deaf and hearing professionals who are interested in deafness, with education and early years the primary focus. The professionals may be a Masters or PhD student, or a professional with a postgraduate qualification, working with deaf children or a research student in a related field interested in further study.


This Journal Club will meet once or twice a term. Each session will have two leaders who will facilitate the discussions in the main room and break out groups. Reading articles will either be articles in Deafness & Education International or otherwise open access.

Professionals interested in the club can sign up, via SSC, to the membership list to receive alerts about the sessions.

The first session will be led by Martina Curtin and Rachel O’Neill.

Martina Curtin is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist working with deaf children and their families in Hackney, London. She is currently funded by the National Institute of Health Research to do a Clinical Doctorate Research Fellowship. Martina’s aim is to create a tool called the EPID: Early Parent Interaction in Deafness. She’s just recently completed a Systematic Review of 60 research papers in Early Parent-Child Interaction.

Rachel O’Neill is a senior lecturer in deaf education at the School of Education and Sport in the University of Edinburgh. She leads the deaf education pathway which qualifies teachers to work with deaf children. Her recent research is about deaf young people moving from school to adulthood; the experiences of families on a low income raising deaf children; the effects of the BSL (Scotland) Act on deaf education; and online reading of deaf and hearing teenagers. Rachel works closely with the Scottish Sensory Centre where she has been involved with the BSL Glossary project since its inception in 2007. Rachel co-edits the journal Deafness & Education International.