Family Information Kits
Family Kits are an extremely valuable resource, distributed by the New Zealand Federation of Deaf Children to newly diagnosed children and their families. The kits have within them resources that cover all aspects to help with the journey of having a Deaf/hard of hearing child/ren. These include a copy of the Family Book, New Zealand Sign Language DVDs and handbooks, Word cards for speech and pronunciation, books with deaf characters, two story books for the Deaf/hard of hearing child, and information about our Parent Groups around New Zealand and New Zealand Federation of Deaf Children.
For a free pack please contact
New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children (NZFDC)
One pack per family
The Family Book
The Family book was produced for families and whanau of children newly diagnosed with a hearing loss. The book gives an overview of hearing loss, stories and information from families and young adults about what life is like growing up Deaf. The latest updated version is produced by the Ministry of Education with assistance from various community organizations including NZFDC and is also supported by the Ministry of Health. Copies are available by calling 0800 622 222.
NZSL for your Baby/child
This website is for parents, whānau, friends and teachers who want to start learning New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) to communicate with babies and toddlers. It shows the first signs and skills needed to communicate with children between 0 and 3 years old.
Using NZSL with your baby or toddler can increase your child’s ability to communicate their needs, desires, and feelings. Signing with babies and toddlers is fun and can involve creative and visual dramatic play. Pre-schoolers can learn signs quickly through everyday communication at home.
The best books for children with a Hearing Loss
The Best Books for Kids with a Hearing Loss Updated on August 7, 2015.
Books About Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants, finding great books about children who are deaf or hard of hearing can be difficult.
Many books are out of date with current technology, or are targeted to an adult audience. As the mother to a five year old boy who wears hearing aids, I was disappointed to find outdated books about hearing loss in our local library. One book described a boy as having "weird words" and another featured a girl wearing an outdated body-worn hearing aid system from the 1970's.
Fortunately, there are many new, wonderful books that explore current technology and provide a positive outlook for children with hearing loss. Books with an auditory/verbal approach (containing references to hearing aids, cochlear implants, and "learning to listen") are listed in the first section. Books about ASL and Deaf culture are listed in the second section.