University of Edinburgh

Science for Deaf Children

Presented on 12 December, 2013


Some scientific concepts are particularly hard for all children to understand. Dr Audrey Cameron and Gary Quinn, key members of the SSC BSL Glossary Project, presented material on the practicalities of teaching science as part of the curriculum for excellence. The course covered:

  • how to offer effective support to a deaf student allowing them to access practical science activities within a mainstream setting;
  • making use of ICT to support a deaf learner;
  • National Assessment arrangements.
Participants were introduced to SSC's BSL Science Glossary project, its signs, definitions and development. Practical activities included scientific experiments demonstrated and explained by Audrey and Gary.

"I really enjoyed the practical work as it is always great to see them and link it to the science. The BSL examples were FANTASTIC!"

Target Audience

Mainstream teachers, teachers of the deaf, communication support workers, parents and all those supporting deaf children in secondary schools.


Dr Audrey Cameron, Deaf chemist and secondary teacher and Gary Quinn, Deaf linguist and lecturer based at Heriot-Watt University.