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07.08.2019 | By Teresa Quail

Study: Improving the social development of mild to moderately deaf pre-school children through booksharing

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Study: Improving the social development of mild to moderately deaf pre-school children through booksharing

Researchers in child development from the University of Reading and Brookes University, have developed a new research project to help parents of mild to moderately deaf children support their child’s social and emotional development. They are seeking deaf children for the study.

Nienke, Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Oxford Health NHS Trust, has an interest early child development.

“We know that deaf and hard-of-hearing children can sometimes struggle to talk and think about their own and other people’s thoughts and feelings. In this project we would like to teach parents to read specially designed picture books in a way that supports their child’s development in this area.

This method, called booksharing, has been studied in children who have normal hearing, and has been shown to benefit their social understanding.  However, no research has been done to see if this may also benefit deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

We have developed a 6-week online booksharing course for parents to help them support their child’s social development. There will be weekly online training sessions and after week 2,4 and 6 we will to speak to you over the phone to look at what is going well. If you are interested in hearing more about this project and you:

1.     Are a parent of mild to moderately deaf children aged 3-5 years of age

2.     Use spoken communication with you child

3.     Have English as your first language”

Please contact Nienke  via: nverkuijl@brookes.ac.uk