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...
Oct
18
A group of parents in Suffolk are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to improving the access for their deaf children to local activities and services. “As a parent of a deaf child I had to rethink what activities he could get involved in, to make sure he had...
Oct
03
Have you ever been in the situation where your mother or relative who’s hard of hearing has been left out of a conversation and feeling isolated? Would you know what to do if you came across someone with hearing aids and being too shy to start up a conversation for fear of not...
Sep
20
What is ADHD Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex mental health disorder that can affect your child's success at school and their relationships. The symptoms of ADHD vary and are sometimes difficult to recognize. (Source: Kids Health) ADHD the myth...
Oct
11
October is ADHD awareness month and we spoke to Annie Clements, CEO of Autism & ADHD, an organization that provides support to families in Suffolk.  How would you describe your organization? Autism and ADHD is a social enterprise based in Suffolk. We provide...
Oct
11
It is Dyslexia week, and we had a chat with the British Dyslexia Association, to help us understand about the condition and how parents can help their children. In the UK there is no mandatory training for school teachers to recognize certain learning difficulties. Without a...
Oct
06
Does your kid go to school with a child that can’t hear? In the past a deaf child would go to a school for the deaf, where they were taught to lip read and speak. Nowadays, cochlear implants and digital hearing aids have made it possible for most deaf kids to...
Sep
24
Suffolk Libraries are also getting behind a new scheme to make libraries accessible and inclusive as possible for children and young people with autism. The new Autism Friendly Libraries scheme was launched at the recent Society of Chief Librarian’s conference. It was...
Jul
01
If you have a child who requires extra assistance and loves the cinema, this scheme will come in quite handy! The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA) and allows for one complimentary ticket (yep, that's one...
May
23
One day, whilst watching one of the latest blockbusters at my local Cineworld, I heard someone shouting from one of the back seats “Take those subtitles off”! Up until that point, I hadn’t realised the movie was captioned, and what really got my attention was how it had...
Feb
23
The day our children are born is by far one of the happiest day of our lives. This is the day we see their little faces for the first time, when we play with their tiny little fingers and dream of their successes and bright future. For some, this future becomes uncertain almost...
Sep
21
There are numerous groups that provide support for children with certain special needs but few that are able to welcome  children with any kind of special needs (diagnosed or not) at the same time. Opportunity Groups in Suffolk do not only...
Apr
06