Johnny's question: What happens if someone can't hear or can't see? How do people help them?
We have been researching our questions in different ways. We have read nonfiction books, watched Youtube clips, and conducted experiments. We decided that the best way to find out the answer to Johnny's question was to ask an expert, someone who helps hearing-impaired and sight-impaired children. Ms Leah's brother-in-law teaches schools, teachers, and parents how to support hearing-impaired and sight-impaired children in the UK so we called him on Skype.
Johnny: How do you help people who cannot hear?
We learnt that many children now have cochlear implants, which help them hear a little but it is important that they are in a quiet classroom so they can hear instructions. Rory also told us that many hearing-impaired children can lip read so facing hearing-impaired children when you are speaking to them is important.
Arwyn: How do people talk if they cannot hear?
Rory told us that if someone cannot hear it will affect their ability to talk. He said someone who cannot hear can learn to talk through instruction and feeling vibrations, but as they cannot hear what they are saying they may be missing some sounds. They might just have the first sounds and be missing the final sounds, or they might have the first and last sounds but be missing sounds in the middle.
He told us many hearing-impaired people use sign language to communicate. He taught us how to say 'happy' in sign language.
Arwyn: Are there people who cannot see, hear or talk? If so, how do they communicate?
Rory told us that there are some people that cannot see, hear or talk, and asked us to imagine how difficult things would be. He said they also learn to communicate through using sign language, but it takes a long time of teaching them hand in hand as they learn through touch.
Pieter: If you cannot see, does it impact your hearing?
Rory explained that being sight-impaired is not connected to being hearing-impaired. Often a child who cannot see will have very good hearing because they rely on their hearing more.
Rory told us if we have any more questions he would be happy to answer them