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  • 1. Thorne Park 300 words 4 young minds Some are destroyed by the storm life throws us, yet some harness the wind, rain and lightning to create an advantage. If we can create good things out of dire circumstances then really there is no problem in life, just situations which lead us closer to happiness. Allen Steble The Health and Wellbeing team agreed to work with a group of fifteen year 10 deaf pupils at Thorn park deaf school one and a half hours each morning for 6 weeks. Initial focus group and action research in the school found, as noted in literature that deaf adolescents are delayed in social development relative to their hearing peers (Calderon & Greenberg,2003). This hold-up is caused by parental restrictions on activities outside the homes due to worries about the child’s inability to communicate their whereabouts and safety. It is further caused by the student’s lack of awareness around some of the subtleties of the hearing world’s communication. The deaf mental health group identified concerns about their student’s safety on social networking sites and their lack of knowledge of the hearing world. “There is a very low level of literacy and reading skills and the subtlety of speech that hearing people use, such as metaphor, is not useful for deaf people. The average deaf school leaver has lower life chances and for this reason we wanted to put all our efforts into building other skills such as confidence and awareness.” Julie Forshaw (2009) We created a program of interventions to raise emotional awareness for the deaf students. This was a six week program culminating in a conference presentation, in which the group were consulted as experts on social media. Research on the social and emotional development of deaf children constantly suggests that the core of deaf children’s development challenges is communication whether face to face or through telephone or IT or writing. Consequently we included in the sessions lots of work around listening skills! We worked on body language, affirmation, mirroring skills, drama skills, role play, freeze frame modelling, miming games, and team games. "When work becomes play, and play becomes your work, your life unfolds." Robert Frost
  • 2. Not all words for just anyone submit equally easy. … Forcing [language] to submit to one’s own intentions and accents, is a difficult and complicated process. Mikhail Bakhtin, 1935 David Wall-Jones Senior Mental Health Advisor Health and Well being Team Transforming Learning services Fourth Floor, Future House Bradford T 01274 385947 Skype Davidwj Twitter- Davidwalljones