connected: children with hearing loss
For ten children with hearing loss, aged 11 to 17 years old, five sunny days on the British Isle of Wight in June 2011 were the highlight of the year. With the aid of the Hear the World Foundation, the Saturday Club for Deaf Children was able to invite the students from Germany for a short holiday.See the Saturday Club for Deaf Children
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Project PartnersHör-Sprachzentrum Neckargemünd
The Center for Hearing and Speech in Neckargmünd, near Heidelberg/Germany, is a consulting center offering programs for children with elevated special needs. The particular focus here is on children with hearing loss: a school kindergarten and a primary school, which can be optionally completed in four or five years, are available to them in addition to play groups.
Visualising the lessons by means of technical equipment
Modern technology helps the students with reduced hearing to follow the lessons to the best of their ability. All classrooms in the Centee for Hearing and Speech are equipped with special hearing and speech systems. Interactive whiteboards support the media-based education and help the children to visualize the learning material. Precisely for students with hearing loss, this factor is enormously important.
Making friends for life
The best way to communicate, however, is not in the classroom, but by jointly experiencing new adventures. And forays outside the classroom are occasionally made for this purpose as well. Trips such as the visit to the British Isle of Wight give children with reduced hearing the chance to come into contact with young people of the same age from another language background. Building sand sculptures on the beach, picnicking in the meadow, a treasure hunt through the castle gardens – but above all: making new friends and strengthening friendships. That’s the easiest way to communicate. Both groups got along famously from the very first day. The mixture of spoken English, German and, occasionally, supportive sign language, also a mixture of the German and English varieties, kept all the participants in a good mood in any case. “I think I have found friends for life here”, says 14-year old Rebecca.