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Support for Deaf Children: South Gloucestershire

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:03 am on 9th May 2018.

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Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 11:03 am, 9th May 2018

My hon. Friend is being very generous in giving way. Is that not the critical point? Academics such as Leon Feinstein have shown that word acquisition varies: at the age of three, a child in a disadvantaged family might know 600 words but a child in a more affluent family might know nearly 6,000 words. For a deaf child, being able to acquire words early is vital. The success of the Government’s phonics programme in developing language acquisition has clearly been proven, but that cannot take place unless we have radio aids. Does he therefore believe that there should be universal provision of radio aids for deaf children in South Gloucestershire, and that children should be able to take those aids outside the school setting to ensure they are constantly learning and engaged in whatever setting they are in?