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The Silent Child

Postby Zosherooney » April 1st, 2018, 6:41 am

I watched this Friday night and thought it was very well done. It is on again today BBC1 11am - ish. Have a tissue handy.... It's only 20 mins. long
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Re: The Silent Child

Postby Suelle » April 1st, 2018, 8:06 am

I didn't realise it was just a short film when I saw clips from the Oscars on the news.

It's impossible to do justice to the subject in 20 minutes - there was enough material there for a TV series (something like 'The A Word', perhaps). It ended before it had really got going and left so many questions unanswered!
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Re: The Silent Child

Postby Ratatouille » April 1st, 2018, 9:36 am

I thought it was a worthy Oscar winner and I gather they are planning another. longer film. Very appropriate bearing in mind this morning's report of the number of children with SEN who are not receiving the correct education =or any in some cases.

The arument about signing or lipreading has gone on for years. Fortunately the part of the SEN service I was in for many years was firmly in favour of an inetraged, child centered approach. All of us in the service, directly involved with the hearing impaired section or not were encouraged to learn both BSL and Makaton.
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Re: The Silent Child

Postby suffolk » April 1st, 2018, 10:58 am

My late sister in law was born what was then termed as 'partially deaf' ... she used two hearing aids with wires and a contraption strapped to her chest. Without them she could hear virtually nothing. Her primary school sat her at the back of the class with a colouring book as they believed her to be 'of low intelligence'. This was the 1970s ... not the Dark Ages. In reality she was bright as a button.

At the age of seven her parents were persuaded to send her from her large and loving family to a boarding school for the deaf near Brighton :shock: . When her big brother and I visited her we discovered that the 'partial hearers' like her were not allowed to use sign language as the 'totally deaf' did and indeed if they did so they were punished. Despite our protests nothing could be changed.

She picked up a little BSL from watching, but not enough to be of any use, but with the old fashioned hearing aids available at the time, unless someone was close by and speaking directly to her so that she could lipread she could understand very little of what went on around her. She did well academically but socially she was very isolated.

Of course, as technology improved she was able to hear more and her speech improved, but her life wouldn't have been as sad and isolated as it turned out to be had she been taught BSL and felt part of a community rather than being permanently if unintentionally excluded from most of what went on around her.

So so sad.
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Re: The Silent Child

Postby Zosherooney » April 3rd, 2018, 5:51 am

That is very sad Suff... :(

I do hope that they make a longer film.... it would be one I would choose to revisit..
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