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In April 2015, a 3-day Parent Hui was held in Christchurch, for parents of young children (0-6 years old), who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Hosted by the New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children (NZFDC), Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ) and the Ministry of Education; 60 families and whānau came together for workshops, forums and sessions presented by professionals and other parents on a range of topics from audiology to music & movement.

  • This series of videos captures what each workshop, forum or session was about and records parents' perspectives of what was useful for them.
  • There are 13 videos in the series which can be watched in any order, however we recommend you start with the introduction video titled 'You to me, Me to you - Parents' to get an overview of the whole hui and the three core themes.
  • Each video has a New Zealand Sign Language version, you can swap between versions using the grey tabs above each video. The NZSL version has a hand sign icon and the audio version has an ear icon.
  • There are Open and Closed Captions on each audio video so we recommend you turn off the Closed Captions option unless you are unable to follow the Open Captions that appear on screen automatically. 
  • The video series is also avaiable to view on NZFDC's youtube channel Deaf Children NZ. Please subscribe to the youtube channel so that you can be informed of any new video that is uploaded.

Introduction to the three themes of the Parent Hui held in Christchurch, April 2015. During the 3 day hui, 60 families from all over Aotearoa met with professionals and other parents in workshops, forums and well-being sessions.

Introduction - Transcript

Introduction to the three themes of the Parent Hui held in Christchurch, April 2015. During the 3 day hui, 60 families from all over Aotearoa met with professionals and other parents in workshops, forums and well-being sessions.

This session was about encouraging families and whānau to think more critically about how they can include their children in their family life.

A deaf child in the family - Transcript

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This session was about encouraging families and whānau to think more critically about how they can include their children in their family life.

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A presentation by Neil Heslop, Audiologist, van Asch Deaf Education Centre and Paul Perryman, explaining the Audiogram - a recording a child’s hearing thresholds and cochlear implants.

Audiology - Transcript

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A presentation by Neil Heslop, Audiologist, van Asch Deaf Education Centre and Paul Perryman, explaining the Audiogram - a recording a child’s hearing thresholds and cochlear implants.

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Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) is about developing speech and language through listening, so the big focus is on teaching a child to listen. This presentation covers how AVT works and offers tips and strategies for parents.

Auditory Verbal Therapy - Transcript

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Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) is about developing speech and language through listening, so the big focus is on teaching a child to listen. This presentation covers how AVT works and offers tips and strategies for parents.

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What it means to be bilingual and how being bilingual affects children. How can that help me and my child? What is it that parents should know?

Let’s talk about bilingualism - Transcript

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What it means to be bilingual and how being bilingual affects children. How can that help me and my child? What is it that parents should know?

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How do children develop language and how parents, whānau, caregivers can get involved in supporting children to develop language.

Developing Language - Transcript

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How do children develop language and how parents, whānau, caregivers can get involved in supporting children to develop language.

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Books in general just open up the world to children and it’s a really nice time to reinforce language with your child.

Engaging your child through stories - Transcript

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Books in general just open up the world to children and it’s a really nice time to reinforce language with your child.

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What is it like to be the sibling of a deaf child in the family? What can I do as a parent to help them? A set of research information and advice from siblings of deaf children growing up.

Experiences of siblings of Deaf children - Transcript

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What is it like to be the sibling of a deaf child in the family? What can I do as a parent to help them? A set of research information and advice from siblings of deaf children growing up.

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This session focused on using New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) in everyday routines, signs that you can use in the morning, at home, getting ready for the day, the sorts of signs useful for family life.

Introduction to NZSL - Transcript

This session focused on using New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) in everyday routines, signs that you can use in the morning, at home, getting ready for the day, the sorts of signs useful for family life.

A practical guide to learning how to communicate with your Deaf or Hard of hearing child. Tips and strategies that parents can use to encourage language development and language facilitation with their child or children.

It takes 2 to talk - Transcript

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A practical guide to learning how to communicate with your Deaf or Hard of hearing child. Tips and strategies that parents can use to encourage language development and language facilitation with their child or children.

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This workshop focused on music and movement and how to see music through the eyes and feel vibration in the body. It contains three parts - how we see music, how we feel rhythm, and nursery rhymes.

Music & movement - Transcript

This workshop focused on music and movement and how to see music through the eyes and feel vibration in the body. It contains three parts - how we see music, how we feel rhythm, and nursery rhymes.

Music & movement | NZSL version - Transcript

Positive behaviour, well being for kids, well being for families, lays the foundation for future development - there’s a really strong link between well being, positive behaviour and educational achievement.

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Positive behaviour, well being for kids, well being for families, lays the foundation for future development - there’s a really strong link between well being, positive behaviour and educational achievement.

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What is required in terms of the needs of the child, the strengths of the child and what resources might be available, what the team around the child might look like and what are the good practices involved in a good transition into school?

Transition into school - Transcript

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What is required in terms of the needs of the child, the strengths of the child and what resources might be available, what the team around the child might look like and what are the good practices involved in a good transition into school?

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