Deaf Awareness Taster at Pauline Quirke Academy - Ipswich
Written by Miriam Spall and Teresa Hall
As part of our ongoing deaf awareness campaign, we decided to invite Richard Platt, a qualified BSL tutor, to visit The Pauline Quirke Academy in Ipswich (PQA) to provide a fun and interactive introduction to basic British Sign Language (BSL) and deaf awareness. A pupil in their academy is deaf, and we wanted to make sure he was fully included, by empowering the children to communicate confidently with him, and also to give them an insight into what is like to be deaf.
The children learned about how to tell if a person is deaf, the different types of hearing equipment deaf people use, how to get a deaf person's attention and how to communicate. Richard also taught the children BSL finger-spelling which they were quick to pick up, and they were thoroughly engrossed in spelling their names with each other.
The children all got a lot out of this session, it was something new for all of them and they now have a better understanding of what it is like for a deaf person.
It was also great to see them having fun whilst they were learning how to fingerspell their names and practicing with their friends. They absorb knowledge so easily at this age, enforcing the argument that BSL should be taught in schools.
Thanks to Richard's fun and interactive teaching methods and also PQA for giving their class the opportunity to be part of this learning experience.
If you would like any more information about having a similar deaf awareness taster sessions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org