University of Edinburgh

Early Diagnosis: Supporting Parents to Support their Child

Presented on Thursday 9 November 2006


The purpose of this day is to identify strategies that have been effective in supporting parents of newly diagnosed children as well as providing an opportunity for parents to share their own experiences of diagnosis. Gwen Carr, of the National Deaf Children Society, will discuss the importance of balanced information regarding language and communication at this crucial early stage and how parents can be supported in this area. The second part of the day will examine the Early Support Pack. Susan Martin and Brian Shannan from Fife Service, where the Pack has recently been piloted, will explain how it can be used most effectively and will discuss what support different agencies can provide for parents.

Target audience: All those interested/involved in Early years support of deaf children.

Presenters: Mary Kean, School of Education, University of Manchester;
Susan Martin, Educational Audiologist, Sensory Support Service, Fife Council,
Brian Shannan, Peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf, Sensory Support Service, Fife Council
Mary Dowell, Scottish Sensory Centre/St Vincent’s School, Glasgow


10.20 am Introduction Mary Dowell