Toddlers at two town centre nurseries managed by the East Lancashire Deaf Society are taking part in Deaf Awareness Week (19 – 25 May 2014) with a range of fun activities from learning nursery rhymes to numbers, animals and colours in British Sign Language.
Kings Nursery at Kings Court on King Street, Blackburn prides itself on providing a signing environment where workers are able to use sign language as well as spoken English. Baby signs are used with children to develop their communication skills. Using signs encourages bonding with parents and carers. This will benefit both Deaf and hearing children.
As well as the day care provision for under 5’s, the charity also runs play schemes during the summer holidays. This supports parents like Isma Sajid whose son Zak wears a hearing aid in his right ear and a cochlear implant in his left ear. His sister, Husna is a hearing child and likes to get involved with the deaf community and supports her brother as much as possible. She also has another baby who is deaf.
Isma said, ‘The summer play scheme allowed my children to play alongside other children who are hard of hearing and Zak can see that he’s not the only child who is deaf. Both children were able to improve their sign language and communication. I, as a parent was glad there was something available for my children and they didn’t feel left out.’
Mark Clegg from ELDS explained, ‘ELDS has offices in Blackburn, Burnley and Preston where our staff are promoting the week and we have posted out ‘Actions Speak Louder than Words’ packs to all schools in Lancashire.’