Home learning programme - Preschool course
**Please note: we are in the process of replacing the printed Home Learning Programme with our new online Let's Listen and Talk programme. The Let's Listen and Talk Baby Programme (for babies from birth to 18 months), the Let's Listen and Talk Toddler
Programme (for children aged 18 months to 2½ years) and the Listen and Talk Preschool Programme (for children aged 2½ to 5 years) are all available now.**
The Home Learning Programme Preschool Course is designed for parents of preschool deaf children, It consists of ten separate lessons that cover family relationships, child development and beginning communication skills.
We have written this course for parents to use
with their own children in their own homes. Depending on their child's age when the parent registers,
and on the child's abilities, it takes between two and three years to complete the 10 lessons.
What the lessons cover
Communication is a part of living, not a separate, unrelated skill that can be learned -
therefore, the growth and development of the whole child is put first. Each lesson
includes information on communication, on the physical, emotional, and social development
and growth of all children. All activities are planned with the express purpose of helping
deaf children take the beginning steps in auditory learning and conversation skills, and all
three play a critical role in the development of spoken language and its effective use.
Individual help, support and advice
In order to receive the next lession, at the end of each lesson parents need to send a brief report form back to The Elizabeth Foundation. When our Home Learning support team receives the report they send the next lession, along with an individualised letter offering the family information,
encouragement, guidance and training based on their child's progress. We also send further information and our special interest papers as needed or requested by families.
Everything parents feel - not only about their child, but about each other and the world around
them - everything they do in front of their child, with their child, and to their child, contributes
to the child's character, feelings, attitudes and to the child's ability to
communicate. During our Home Learning Programme, therefore, we devote a great deal of attention to parents' feelings and
emotions. We aim to support, guide and encourage parents to develop the natural
skills that best equip them to help their deaf child.
How to join our Preschool Course
If you feel ready to get started and would like to join our Preschool Course, please contact Julie Hughes by email, providing:
- your name, address, phone number and email
- your child's name, sex and date of birth
- your child's age at diagnosis and their diagnosis
- information about whether your child wears hearing aids or cochlear implants
- some information about what your child is able to understand and say
- information about any other medical conditions afftecting your child's development
Alternatively, you can send the information to Julie Hughes by post or you can call us on 023 9237 2735.
**Please note: we are in the process of replacing the printed Home Learning Programme with our new online Let's Listen and Talk programme. The Let's Listen and Talk Baby Programme (for babies from birth to 18 months) and the the Let's Listen and Talk Toddler
Programme (for children aged 18 months to 2½ years) and the Let's Listen and Talk Pre-school Programme (for children aged 2½ to 5 years) are all available now.**