Aim: The aim of the section is to raise the awareness of the young people to the issues faced by people who have difficulty hearing, and for them to learn some basic sign language. Taken from the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Skills, Life Skills N1
British Two-Handed Finger Spelling Alphabet’ template
Activity 1 - Learning to Spell
Aim: For young people to become familiar with sign language and be able to sign their name and other words,
• Give copies of the template to the young people and ask them to read it.
• First ask each member to spell out their name.
• Next go round the group spelling out the whole alphabet. Go around a few times so that the young people have a go at different letters.
• As a final activity play a quick game of hangman, using only sign language, which hopefully will have allowed all of the young people to use most of the different letters.
Tips / Advice:
• Be aware that friends or family who have hearing difficulties may have affected some members of the group, and being sensitive to this is essential.
• This activity can be repeated over 2 or more weeks, so that young people can develop their skills in sign language, learning perhaps to put sentences together and to have basic conversations.
Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
Make sure there is adequate supervision for the number of young people, to both help some with their technique whilst also watching the rest.
Activity 2 - Discussion
Aim: To allow the young people to discover some of the difficulties faced by those who are hard of hearing.
The session is run from a set of open questions that are designed to provoke thought in the young people and allow them to discuss the issues around hearing loss. It also gives an opportunity to share experiences with each other and staff members.
— How would we react to a deaf person if they came to visit?
— How would your daily routine differ if you could not hear anything?
— What initiatives are put in place to help those with hearing difficulty?
— Is there enough information for those who are not hard of hearing to understand the difficulties of deaf people?
— Is it wrong to call someone deaf, if they mishear something?
— Would my perceptions of a person change because they were deaf or had any disability? If so why?
After consideration and discussion of the above questions, ask the young people to plan an evening that would allow people who may have learning difficulties to participate as fully as possible.
Tips / Advice:
As with Activity 1 it is important to be conscious of the fact that some members of the group may be affected by the issues covered.
For full details see the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Skills, Life Skills N1