Explaining about deafness to young children first involves teaching them about what ears do. They may never yet have made the connection between their ‘ears’ and ‘hearing’. So you need to begin by talking about ears and the different sounds you can hear.
Once the children have made the connection between ‘hearing sounds’ and their ‘ears’, then you can introduce the concept of ‘deafness’ and what it might be like if your ‘ears were broken’ and you couldn’t hear any sounds.
Finally you can introduce sign language which is how deaf people talk. There is a sign for every word. You can teach the children some simple signs – one of the best ways to do this is to teach them the signs for some songs so that you can sign along while you sing.
What are the key points I should tell the children?
- We use our ears for hearing. Deaf people can’t hear. It’s like their ears are broken.
- Some deaf people wear a hearing aid to make the sounds louder so they can hear them.
- Deaf people speak using sign language.
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