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Resources and links

On this page there are a range of resources and links to support you in developing listening, understanding and communication at home.  There are many more resources available online; we have suggested some which we have used or we know that our patients use.  Almost all are suitable for those with hearing aids as well as those with cochlear implants.

When looking for resources to use with your child, bear in mind their listening age and language level as well as their actual age. For more information, contact the Outreach Support Team or an audiologist at naip@nuh.nhs.uk

Babies and young children learning to listen

Follow the links by clicking on the resource titles.

 

Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme

Helping your baby learn to listen

This leaflet is aimed at helping parents/carers to switch on their baby’s awareness of sound and listening. It is useful for children who have hearing aids or cochlear implants.

 

Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics Rehab Portal

Once you have registered for this free portal you can access information about a range of rehab resources including LIVE WEBINARS - on line talks about developing listening and language and resources to help.

BabyBeats

The BabyBeats app includes a range of musical activities to help you and your baby bond, play and learn together so that your child can learn to listen and communicate through music. In the app you will find instructional videos, a parent guide, musical tracks and transportation and animal picture cards. You can download the app on the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.

The Listening Room

This website has free activities and resources to support the development of listening skills, speech and language. You simply need to register to create your free account here: https://thelisteningroom.com/ and then look at resources for infants and toddlers or preschool.

 

Cochlear

Sound Foundation for babies

These resources provide parents of children with hearing loss, guidance in developing their child's spoken language through listening. You can find information and ideas for up to the first forty weeks of learning to listen with supporting resources.

Sound foundation for toddlers

This resource is designed for children of 24 to 36 months of age, who receive their cochlear implant around 12 months of age. It consists of lessons and tips designed to be uses over a period of 40 weeks which cover listening, receptive language, expressive language and speech as well as a song and story book for each week.

 

Elizabeth Foundation

Let’s Listen and Talk

This is an online resource for families which takes you step-by‑step through the process of building your child’s listening and speaking skills. It is split into three sections: baby, toddler and preschool. Due to the needs of families during the Coronavirus-Covid-19 restrictions, the programme is free of charge, until further notice. You can access it here: https://www.elizabeth-foundation.org/services/online/

 

I Can

Talking Point

Here you can find information to help you understand and support children and young people’s speech, language and communication. Talking Point is designed to help parents who are concerned about their child’s development.

A Communicative Supportive Environment (factsheet)

Early Voices parent leaflet

Top ten toys for the development of communication skills

 

The communication Trust

Resources for parents

The website includes a number of resources to support communication in children of various ages

Listen up

Resources to encourage listening, understanding, interaction and play. Try the resources for 0-5 year olds.

Raa Raa the noisy lion

A nursery pack created to support the Cbeebies programme, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion

Through the eyes of a child

A set of four short films Narrated by comedian Kathy Burke, the films are full of useful advice on how parents can encourage their child to talk and interact with them. There are 4 films, divided into age group, for parents who have children up to the age of 3. Scroll right to the bottom of the page here to download them.

 

Medel

Medel Blog

On this blog, in the tips and tricks section, you can find the 'Rehab at home' resources with  rehab ideas for you to do at home with your young and school aged children.

Tips and tricks

Medel also produce a range of booklets and resources which can be downloaded from the support area of their website:

Little Ears Diary and Little Ears Diary Activities

Lesson Kit: My House

Little listeners

Music and young children with cochlear implants

Tips and tricks

 

National literacy trust

Talk to Your Baby

This is a series of quick tips for parents and practitioners to help children develop good talking and listening skills. Each sheet is available in thirteen languages (and growing). All the leaflets are downloadable here. Examples of two of the leaflets:

Tips for talking to your baby or young child

Dummies and learning to talk

Small Talk

This website, created by the National Literacy Trust, includes short videos, tips and information to help parents chat, play and read with their young child every day.

Words for Life

This section has information and ideas about talking and reading to children and is divided into age sections, including a section for baby to 3 years and one for 3-5 years.

A page with the words for lots of action songs

Action songs

A page with the words for lots of action songs.

 

Twinkl

This teacher’s website has been made available to parents too during the time of the Coronavirus-Covid-19 restrictions. It provides a wide range of downloadable and printable resources, many of which are free. Talk to your teacher or follow the instructions on the website:

 

YouTube videos

There are many videos which give practise listening to sounds with pictures. These are a few examples. Be aware that most contain advertisements.

Animal sounds

Vehicle sounds

Musical instruments

School aged children listening to develop language

Follow the links by clicking on the resource titles.

 

Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme

 

Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics Rehab Portal

Once you have registered for this free portal you can access information about a range of rehab resources including LIVE WEBINARS (on line talks about developing listening and language) and the following resources:

VocAB Scenes App

AB Listening Adventure App

These interactive apps (for iPad) support your child's language understanding, memory, and vocabulary.

Musical Journey

Designed for children aged 2½ to 6 years old.  You can download the book and the songs/music that go with it In the AB rehab portal.

 

The Listening Room

This website has free activities and resources to support the development of listening skills, speech and language for all ages. You simply need to register to create your free account here. https://thelisteningroom.com/ and then look at resources for school age children.

 

Cochlear

Leaping on with Language

This is a resource for parents and classroom teachers. This resource provides practical strategies which aim to accelerate your child’s spoken language learning.

 

Medel

Medel Blog

On this blog, in the tips and tricks section, you can find the Rehab at home resources with  rehab ideas for you to do at home with school aged children. Here are a couple of examples:

How can I teach my child about thoughts and feelings?

Why should my child practise listening to descriptions?

Medel also produce a range of booklets and resources which can be downloaded from the support area of their website here

Lesson Kit: My House

Murat series of books and activities

Music and young children with cochlear implants

 

Twinkl

This teacher’s website has been made available to parents too during the time of the Coronavirus-Covid-19 restrictions. It provides a wide range of downloadable and printable resources, many of which are free. Talk to your teacher or follow the instructions on the website to set up a free account:

Home learning Hub

This has lots of free resources divided into age groups

 

National Literacy Trust

Words for Life

This website, which is part of the National Literacy Trust, has information and ideas about talking and reading to children and is divided into age sections, including a section for 5-7 years and one for 7-11 years.

 

The Communication Trust

Summer Talk

Games and activities to support children’s communication when you are out and about in the summer.

Primary milestone poster

Top tips for developing talk (poster)

Storytelling and retelling

 

I can

Talking Point

A useful website for children who have difficulties with communication, particularly with social communication.

 

NASA

NASA at Home

Here you will find a wide range of space themed activities for all ages.

Children with complex needs

In  addition to the resources above, in age group categories, some websites provide specific resources and ideas for children with complex needs and disabilities.

Follow the links by clicking on the resource titles.

 

Special Education and Inclusive Learning

150 sensory learning ideas

 

Twinkl

SEND Home learning resource pack

You will need to set up a free account to download this pack.

 

Scope

Ideas for home-schooling

 

Older children and teens

You may also find our resources for adults useful - check them out here

Follow the links by clicking on the resource titles.

 

Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme

Improving communication for people with severe/profound hearing loss

This booklet includes advice and information on how you can make the most of your hearing, and what others can do to help when you cannot hear easily. It also includes information on useful organisations and resources you might use.

 

Advanced Bionics

Advanced Bionics Rehab Portal

https://apps2.advancedbionics.com/auth/login/SsoForm

Once you have registered for this free portal you can access information about a range of rehab resources including those listed below and LIVE WEBINARS - on line talks about developing listening skills and resources to help.

Sound Success

Set up a free account (as for the rehab portal) to access this programme which is designed to help you improve your confidence using your hearing technology, ease of understanding different speakers and ease of listening in noisy environments. It includes exercises to help train you to hear better using your hearing technology. Your training will be self-paced. Work on your computer, iPad or tablet.

Musical Atmospheres

Set up a free account (as for the rehab portal) to access this interactive program designed to help teenagers and adults with cochlear implants explore the world of music.

The Listening room

A range of lessons to help practise listening skills, some aimed at teenagers.

 

Cochlear

Bring back the beat app

 

Medel

Medel Blog

this blog has a range of tips and tricks for adults some of which are useful for older teens.

How to deal with questions about your hearing implant

Tips on how to answer tricky questions from people about your hearing implant.

The following booklets are also available to download on the Medel site:

Telephone Training Tips

Music Tips for Adults

 

The Buzz

A website for deaf young people with lots of information about daefness and identity, communication and British Sign Language.