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Scottish Course to Train Tutors of Lipreading

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Course Overview

SCOTTISH COURSE TO TRAIN TUTORS OF LIPREADING

Registered Charity No SCO 32915

 

The Scottish Government's allocation of funding to support lipreading in Scotland enabled SCTTL to run its first course in 7 years in 2012/2013 and the 2013/14 course will soon have successfully completed. Although the course is not running again until 2015, we welcome enquiries from people interested in becoming lipreading tutors now. Please read on and get in contact if you have any questions or would like more information about applying for the 2015/16 course.

A quote from the late Jack Ashley

  • " DEAFNESS IS THE MOST ISOLATING DISABILITY"
  • " DEAFNESS  SEPARATES HUMANS FROM HUMANKIND"

THERE ARE OVER 9 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UK WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING

The first Scottish course was run through the auspices of the Scottish Sensory Centre. This course ran successfully for many years, based at Donaldson's College in Edinburgh.  Sustainable funding ran out in 2006 resulting in a chronic shortage of tutors and only returned in 2012 when the Scottish Government allocated funding through the Scottish Lipreading Strategy Group. The course was held at Donaldson's College which is now based in Linlithgow and resulted in 11 newly qualified lipreading tutors in 2013, with another 8 students currently training on the 2013-14 course.

The professional body, the Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (ATLA) states that lipreading tutors are able to help people with acquired deafness avoid the isolation this disability brings.

2015 will see another lipreading course being run at Forth Valley Sensory Centre. No formal qualifications are required and applications are especially welcomed from people with a hearing loss.

Communication is only 10% per words, 40% paralinguistics and 50% body language.  Lipreading is an essential skill that helps people to manage their hearing loss in a hearing world.

The course consists of 5 modules

  • Psychological Social and Emotional effects of deafness
  • Theory of Lipreading
  • Course Planning and Delivery
  • Audiology
  • Rehabilitation and Information Sharing.

The course is held over 6 weekends throughout the year with assignments to be completed at home.  In addition to the lecture weekends, students attend 25 weekly classes to do their practical training alongside an experienced lipreading tutor. The practical training is progressive and students gradually build up their teaching involvement until they are able to take a full 2 hour class. This takes place, where possible, in local classes.

A qualified lipreading tutor has the ability to help improve the confidence and quality of life of deafened and hard of hearing adults of all ages. Lipreading enables class members to meet people with the same problems and realise they are not alone.

In conclusion

In a lipreading class people can learn:

  • How to lipread people
  • How to make the most of their hearing aids
  • How to cope when it is difficult to hear
  • How to obtain and use equipment that might help at home, including specially adapted telephones
  • How the ear works and the causes of hearing loss
  • How to understand and cope with Tinnitus
  • How and where to access local support services

The combination of lipreading skills, communication coping strategies and information can bring back lost confidence and can be truly life changing to someone with a hearing loss.

If you are interested in training to become a lipreading tutor then please contact Lainey McFarlane on lipforlife@hotmail.com or tel/text 07599 342288

Or Helen Shannon either by email – hslipreading@gmail.com or phone 01387 870601

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