We are here to help
We know that receiving the diagnosis of deafness for your child can often be unexpected and unsettling, and that you will have many questions and concerns.
On this page we hope to reassure you and provide answers to some of the questions parents of newly diagnosed babies and children commonly ask us.
We will also show you some videos of parents and children at The Elizabeth Foundation, along with stories showing what young deaf adults can go on to achieve.
A poem by parents, for parents
You might like to watch this short (1 min 20 second) video of a poem for parents of newly diagnosed deaf children.
This poem is written and spoken by parents of deaf children who have attended The Elizabeth Foundation's preschool intervention programme.
How we can help you
The Elizabeth Foundation has over 35 years of experience supporting parents and helping preschool deaf children learn to listen and speak. Find out more in the 'About us' section of the website.
We offer a wide range of services - including our Ofsted 'Outstanding' early intervention nursery services at our Family Centre in Cosham, Hampshire.
For families unable to attend our Family Centre on a regular basis, we offer a Residential Summer Course, individual Speech and Language Therapy services and our unique online Let's Listen and Talk programme.
If you would like to know more about the various ways we can help you and your child, please contact us.
Commonly asked questions
Parents of newly diagnosed babies and children ask us a wide range of questions about deafness and the impact it might have on their child.
These are the answers to some of the more commonly-asked questions, but please bear in mind that the level, type and impact of deafness will vary for every individual child.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your child, please contact us and we will try to help.
Helping young deaf children learn to listen and talk
You might like to watch these videos showing the experiences of two deaf children and their families during their time at The Elizabeth Foundation.
"People can't believe he's profoundly deaf ... he speaks beautifully and he's learned to listen"
"You've got to put the effort in when they're young, because that's when they're like little sponges..."