for parents/carers of Deaf children
This short course is aimed at hearing parents of deaf children who would like to understand how BSL could benefit their child and their family.

BSL Awareness programme for parents of Deaf Children

Have you been wondering how learning British Sign Language (BSL) could benefit your Deaf child and your family?

Would you like to find out how learning BSL could help your child access language from an early age, which will support them to better access education and social activities?

Training overview

This programme is aimed at hearing parents/carers of Deaf children who are considering learning or introducing BSL into their daily lives. The main outcomes include:

  • You will have an increased understanding of what BSL is.
  • Learn about BSL as a language.
  • Practice some introductory signs.
  • You will be inspired to learn the language further.

Parents/carers of Deaf children often are not aware of what BSL is as it is rarely promoted by hearing professionals.  This programme will also give parents/carers a safe space to:

  • Receive answers to commonly asked questions or concerns about communicating with a Deaf child through BSL.
  • Be signposted to suitable regional courses and resources to enable parents to progress with learning BSL.
  • Understand how learning BSL with Deaf children will assist them in becoming bilingual.
  • Understand why BSL is important in family lives and communication with Deaf children.


Book your place on one of our free online BSL awareness courses

The sessions will be led by a Deaf trainer and are expected to last up to 1½ hours consisting of:

  • Introduction to BSL as a language.
  • History of BSL.
  • Deaf culture and identity.
  • Opportunities for questions and answers.
  • Learn some introductory signs to communicate with your child.

They take place on the following dates (please select one only):

  • Wednesday 13th September 2023 1pm
  • Wednesday 18th October 2023 11am
  • Wednesday 15th November 2023 11am
  • Wednesday 13th December 2023 11am
  • Wednesday 17th January 2024 11am
  • Wednesday 7th February 2024 11am
  • Wednesday 20th March 2024 11am

If you would like to attend one of the workshops, please book your place by completing the online registration form below: