University of Edinburgh

Deafness and the Early Years Launch and Update

Presented on Thursday 24 March 2011


This day focussed on all aspects of working with a newly diagnosed deaf baby and their family, and explained Informed Choice for Scotland, a new pack produced by the SSC in partnership with a wide range of professionals and parents. The pack includes:

  • film of families of deaf babies and young children using everyday play to encourage language development;
  • the monitoring protocol devised to be more convenient to use by families and professionals;
  • a set of Scottish standards for early years teams with a self-audit tool.

There have been 3 sub-groups, Play, Training and Communication, addressing different aspects of work with young deaf children and their families. Representatives from each group talked about their contribution. This is for all professionals working with deaf babies and their families, as well as for parents who have an interest in the establishment of high quality early years teams.

Target Audience: Teachers of deaf children, parents, speech and language therapists, audiologists, social workers, health visitors and any professional working with deaf babies and their families.

Panel Members/Presenters:
Lisa Davidson, Bilingual Co-worker, NHS Speech & Language Therapy Dept, Drumchapel
Kim Davidson Kelly, Speech & Language Therapist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Cathie Finestone, Head of School & Sensory Service, Windsor Park School, Falkirk
Lilian Lawson, Director, Scottish Council on Deafness, Glasgow
Alan MacQueen, Family Support Team Manager, NDCS Scotland, Glasgow
Rachel O’Neill, Lecturer in Deaf Education, Scottish Sensory Centre, Edinburgh
Helen Reilly, Teacher of the Deaf, Aberdeenshire Sensory Support Service
Brian Shannan, Educational Audiologist, Sensory Support Service, Fife Council Education Service
Janis Sugden, Co-ordinator, Scottish Sensory Centre, Edinburgh
Vicki Scoular, Parent Representative, Galston
Carole Torrance, CPD Organiser in Deaf Education, Scottish Sensory Centre, Edinburgh


    10.20 am Welcome, Janis Sugden & Carole Torrance

    10.30 am Panel to launch the Scottish Early Years Standards

    11 am Introducing Positive Play for Everyday Kim Davidson Kelly

    11.25 am Communication Group - Fridge Cards Helen Reilly

    11.30 am Early Years standards: to promote partnership working and better outcomes for deaf children, Brian Shannan

    1.15 pm Workshops

    1. Introducing Positive Play for Everyday, Kim Davidson Kelly, Lisa Davidson, Vicki Scoular

    2. Using Video observation with parents, Rachel O'Neill

    3. Working together: Early Years Standards, Brian Shannan

  • 3.25 pm Course summary and course evaluations