DEAF MINDS EDUCATION
Courses and webinars
Our tailored courses are based around current research and have been developed in-line with research from professional leaders in Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Our preventive work can do more than reactive services, giving all Deaf children the social and emotional bedrock they need to succeed educationally by pre-empting causes and creating strategies to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Access to Work (AtW) is an initiative from the Department of Works and Pension. The Deaf community as a whole have greatly benefited from accessing funding to ensure they are on an equal footing with their hearing counterparts.
This course looks at the ways people have exploited the system to benefit themselves.
The course has been designed to demonstrate and show the dangers of making fraudulent claims. At the completion of the course, participants will have a better understanding of the following:
- Have a better understanding of the process of making a claim.
- Have a knowledge of what is a legitimate and what is not a legitimate claim.
- Have a ‘tool kit’ that you can carry with you when working within the AtW domain.
- Recognise the possibility of a fraudulent claim before it is submitted.
- Know how to follow up a suspected false claim for AtW funding.
- …and much, much more.
Complex neurological disorders, including Dyspraxia, are often reported to be more prevalent amongst Deaf people, which is why we believe it’s important to cover these in the suite of courses and resources we offer.
Dyspraxia is a Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD) which affects organisation and planning of physical movement. The essential feature is the impairment of motor function that significantly interferes with academic achievement or activities of daily living.
This easy-to-access online workshop explores several interventions you can put in place to support the needs of Deaf/SEN learners and is designed to help you:
- Gain a clear understanding of what Dyspraxia is and how it can affect the development of age-appropriate skills.
- Grasp the complex challenges facing Deaf learners who also display neurological disorders such as Dyspraxia.
- Put interventions in place to support the development of learners who are displaying common presentations of Dyspraxia.
Deafness itself is not a learning disability. However, as complex neurological disorders are often reported to be more prevalent amongst young Deaf learners. Accessing learning and clearly understanding what’s expected of them can be particularly challenging, especially if they are Deaf and have special educational needs. Naturally, this can impact on behaviour in the classroom – particularly amongst younger children at the Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS).
One of the primary ways to remove learning barriers amongst Deaf/SEN learners at this early stage in their educational journey is to introduce visual interventions into the classroom.
This easy-to-access online workshop explores several visual intervention strategies and is designed to help you:
- Understand the complex needs of Deaf learners who also display neurological disorders.
- Learn how to support positive behaviour in EYFS settings.
- Use visual signs and prompts to improve communication and promote positive behaviour.
For all young people, entering adulthood can be a difficult time both emotionally and practically. For Deaf people though, these challenges can be greatly compounded and overwhelming.
This engaging online course is designed to help teaching professionals with Deaf learners in their care to better understand the barriers that their learners may face as they move beyond adolescence. It sets out to raise awareness by exploring several key challenges, including lack of specialised information, navigating higher education or work options, and dealing with imposed low expectations.
Informed by first-hand experience, the course has been developed to provide you with an inside view of the key barriers facing Deaf learners at this time. It sets out to help you develop tools to build their confidence and provide meaningful support by:
- Raising your understanding of the potential barriers facing Deaf learners as they transition to adulthood.
- Helping you support them as they move into higher education settings.
- Helping to ensure they have the life skills needed to make their way in the adult world.
- …and much, much more.
Children affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can present a range of symptoms which may make learning more difficult. Typically, these can include issues with memory, attention span, communication, vision, problems interacting with others, and hearing. Any or all of these could be significant barriers to learning in school.
This easy-to-access online workshop is designed to help teaching professionals gain a deeper understanding of FASD and looks at:
- What FASD is and what areas of neurological and physical development it affects.
- How FASD presents in school and pre-school aged children.
- Other coexistent disorders which may be present.
- How FASD affects social, emotional, and mental health (SEMH), wellbeing and self-esteem.
- The difficulties that teaching and support staff may have with this when creating interventions for children with these presentations – especially those who are undiagnosed.
- Environmental and social strategies for inclusion.
- Transitions and progression for learners with FASD.
Many studies have found a lower level of attachment among Deaf learners who were born to hearing parents – especially those who used speech in their early communication.
This engaging on-demand online workshop has been created by an expert in the field to help teaching professionals gain a deeper understanding of Attachment Disorder and looks at:
- What Attachment Disorder is.
- When things go right, when things go wrong and risk hotspots.
- How children express the effects of insecure attachment.
- Emotional and social tasks and targets.
- Some supportive dos and don’ts.
- A range of attachment disorder presentations and some strategies and interventions to overcome them.
- A range of visual interventions for helping young people with attachment needs.
- Exploiting special interests to achieve positive results.
- Simplifying tasks and emotional and social situations.
- Relating to the child in a constructive manner.
With research indicating that Mental health problems have a higher prevalence in Deaf children, many deaf learners may present a range of complex conditions, including anxiety.
This engaging on-demand online workshop has been created by an expert in the field to help teaching professionals to clearly define the difference between anxiety and wellbeing. It provides a clear overview of what to look out for in the most common anxiety conditions including:
- Social Anxiety
- Panic and Panic Attacks
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Specific Phobias
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a neurological disorder in which the sensory information that the individual perceives results in abnormal responses.
It’s reported that learners who are either HoH or Deaf are especially susceptible to SPD. This is because the inner ear affects the sense of balance and gravity and plays a major part in the processing of the other senses.
This easy-to-access online workshop focuses on the characteristics and effects of SPD, and is designed to help teaching professionals to understand:
- What SPD is and what it encompasses.
- How it affects interactions with others and daily functioning.
- How it can cause behavioural challenges.
- How it can affect the regulation of emotions.
- How it can impact self-esteem and learning.
- Causes of certain behaviours and appropriate interventions.
Deaf children are more likely to suffer from mental health conditions in comparison to their peers. This training will enable staff to adequately support deaf children in mainstream primary schools by:
- Exploring the tools needed for children to manage feelings of stress and anxiety, including how to build resilience.
- Learning how to foster positive self-identity in both Deaf and hearing students.
The transition to secondary school can be stressful for any child, even more so for Deaf children who may be concerned about how they will fit in to a new mainstream environment where they may be the only deaf child in the school.
Research has shown that Deaf children are more likely to suffer from mental health conditions in comparison to their peers. This training will enable staff to adequately support Deaf children in mainstream secondary schools by:
- Exploring the tools needed for children to manage feelings of stress and anxiety, including how to develop empathy skills in both staff and students.
- Understanding the different types mental health conditions that could be affecting students.
We’ve developed this valuable on demand video at a time when online, dating scams seem to be, sadly, ever more prevalent.
This course has been specifically designed for the Deaf (or hearing individuals who are supporting them) and aims to raise your awareness of ‘romance scams’ and mitigate the risk of falling victim to them by:
- Helping you gain an understanding of the different types of scam, including catphishing.
- Helping you recognise a scam early.
- Signposting you to the best people to talk to if you feel you’ve fallen victim to a scam.
- Showing you how to report a scam.
- Providing you with tips to avoid scammers.
For many years, educators, who work with Deaf and hard of hearing students, have expressed their concern about their students not processing in academics as their peers. Many Deaf learners have difficulty understanding the concepts of mathematics, which makes it challenging to do well in school. This informative workshop has been developed to help SENDCos, teachers and school leaders to develop strategies for learners with Dyscalculia, including those who are Deaf, as part of a broader neurodiversity intervention programme. This workshop has been designed to help you:
- Understand what Dyscalculia is and how to define it.
- Develop awareness of other coexisting disorders which may be present.
- Conceptualise symbols in maths.
- Make the maths lesson accessible.
- Use colours to make conceptual connections.
- Investigate and evaluate a range of concrete resources to help contextualise maths.
- Use technology and online maths games.
This invaluable on-demand workshop has been developed to support SEND teachers as part of a graduated approach to teaching young learners with diverse neurological needs.
During the workshop, SEND specialist, Andrew Whitehouse takes you through the background of the condition and briefly introduces the interventions you can implement to support the needs of learners with ADHD.
It offers structured guidance on:
- How to approximately calculate the attention span of a child with ADHD and related conditions.
- How to extend the attention span of a learner with ADHD by using special interests.
- The difference between an attention seeking and an attention needing behaviour and how teaching professionals can effectively intervene.
- Effective strategies for assisting learners with ADHD in completing tasks.
- Assisting with difficulties such as short-term memory and organisational challenges.
We’ve developed this valuable on demand video at a time when online, text and telephone scams seem to be, sadly, ever more prevalent.
This course has been specifically designed for the Deaf (or hearing individuals who are supporting them) and aims to raise your awareness of scams and mitigate the risk of becoming a victim.
This engaging course will be available on demand on 17th of December 2020 and to access online.
The course has been designed to:
- Help you gain an understanding of the different types of scam, including phishing, vishing and smishing.
- Help you recognise a scam.
- Signpost you to the best people to talk to if you feel you’ve fallen victim to a scam.
- Show you how to report a scam.
- Provide you with tips to avoid scammers.
This engaging online course has been developed to help university teachers of the Deaf to understand and recognise stress associated with HE settings and develop strategies to reduce it by managing pressure, increasing energy levels, improving sleep and boosting overall wellbeing. This course has been specifically designed to help you to:
- Understand the cause and effect of stress.
- Identify stress triggers.
- Raise your awareness of strategies to manage negative stress and learn how to spot signs of stress in yourself and those in your care.
- Manage workloads to help reduce stress.
- Increase physical, energy, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
- Heighten your self-awareness.
This course has been particularly designed for parents and carers of Deaf children who require increased stamina and energy on a daily basis. It’s also suitable for any adult seeking to learn about stress reduction in BSL and provides support and strategies to make a difference to everyday life. The aim of this course is to raise your awareness of how stress negatively impacts you and addresses this with practical 15-minute exercises which will help you:
- Reduce stress and develop daily stress reduction practices.
- Recognise the demands placed upon you when parenting a Deaf child and develop strategies to manage these.
- Increase physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing.
- Achieve greater self-awareness.
- Increase understanding of mindfulness and its benefits.
This engaging course has been developed to support the mental wellbeing of Teachers of the Deaf. It aims to help those responsible for meeting the needs of Deaf learners to reduce the increased stress levels often associated with working in emotionally challenging educational settings by:
- Developing an understanding of the benefits of mindfulness.
- Promoting scientifically proven benefits and uses for practising mindfulness.
- Cultivating self-awareness.
- Remaining centred during times of stress.
- Developing strategies to deal with difficult emotions.
- Creating a mindful outlook.
This informative workshop has been developed to help SENDCos, teachers and school leaders to support young learners during, or leading up to a period of bereavement. It offers guidance on facilitating effective strategies and interventions, during what is likely to be one of the most emotional events in the life of a child with SEND.
It’s specifically designed to equip school communities to support the complex emotional needs of children with SEND by:
- Helping them cope with or prepare for the death of a loved one.
- Developing a sensitive support strategy that reflects the way that EYFS learners with SEND process complex and upsetting events in their lives.
- Supporting the emotional needs of learners in your care during what will be an extremely difficult time for them.
- Creating a caring environment which ensures good mental health is safeguarded during or leading up to the process of bereavement.
Parents and Carers of Deaf children often find it challenging to fully understand the complexity of Deaf culture and in many cases struggle to communicate with Deaf, Deafened or Hard of Hearing children in their care. This training will enable parents and carers to:
- Gain a deeper understanding of communication barriers and develop the skills needed to overcome them.
- Learn key skills for communicating effectively with a Deaf individual.
With figures suggesting that around 2-4% of Deaf children are also autistic, this course has been developed to promote successful inclusion of learners with neurological conditions such as Autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, ADD and related disorders.
This easy-to-access online workshop focuses on Promoting Positive Behaviour and Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) and has been designed to help teaching staff to:
- Recognise the causes of challenging behaviour in the classroom, investigate the triggers and implement preventative interventions.
- Develop strategies to address communication issues.
- Use simple ICT to aid learning.
- Improve learning environments (linked to sensory issues) and using visual communication tools to aid behavioural social and emotional understanding
The Raspberry Pi is a revolutionary series of small single-board computers developed in the UK to promote teaching of basic computer science in schools.
Due to its low cost and compact size, it is now being harnessed to teach learners of all abilities, including those who are Deaf, computing and web design and improve their educational and employment outcomes. This engaging online workshop will help teaching staff to:
- Understand the opportunities that Raspberry Pi presents to all learners, including those with a hearing impairment.
- Get started with Raspberry Pi by providing step-by-step guidance.
- Support the future employment prospects for all learners, including those who are Deaf, by teaching ‘high demand skills’ such as programming in an accessible way.
- Enrich computer science pathways and widen future opportunities for learners, particularly those with special educational needs.
This informative, effective, and enjoyable workshop has been designed to help you engage learners who may be Gifted, Talented and Able, instilling a deeper understanding and giving you the confidence to create interventions to improve educational outcomes. This course has been created to help teaching staff, support teams and SENDCos to:
- Identify learners who may be Gifted/Talented/Able.
- Gain a deeper understanding of the needs of young people who may be Gifted/Talented/ Able.
- Develop a range of strategies to support the learning of young people who may be Gifted/ Talented/Able.
- Better understand the needs of individuals who may be Gifted/Talented/Able.
PDA is a condition which is part of the autism spectrum and the prevalence of autism is notably higher in Deaf learners than in hearing learners. This training is designed to help teaching and support staff to understand the fundamentals, including how learners with PDA are likely to communicate differently to neurotypical learners. This course will help teaching and support staff to:
- Understand the needs of individuals with PDA and the associated impairments.
- Create differentiated, age and level appropriate interventions.
- Adapt the sensory environment to meet the needs of individuals and groups of individuals.
- Create effective behavioural interventions and strategies.
- Support Deaf learners with PDS to reach their full potential.
With the prevalence of autism being notably higher in Deaf students compared to hearing students, this course will help teaching and support staff gain a broader understanding of the connection between Autism and hearing loss by:
- Improving knowledge of Autism and the 4 areas of diversity: Communication, Social and Emotional Understanding, Sensory Differences and Flexible Thinking.
- Developing a deeper understanding of the Autistic spectrum disorders which often affect Deaf learners.
- Gaining an understanding of visual learning, a key intervention when teaching Deaf learners.
- Developing strategies to communicate with Autistic learners.
Deaf children are more likely to develop depression and anxiety compared to their hearing peers. This course offers advice to families and professionals on how to improve communication with Deaf children by:
- Helping you develop a better understanding of the communication needs of Deaf children.
- Teaching skills in British Sign Language to create tools for effective communication.