I’m sure we’ve all heard of scouts/beavers or whatever variation you may know it as and I’m sure a lot of us have also taken part as a child and young adult!
It can sure be fun collecting your badges and hanging out with friends, even when it’s wet and muddy it’s not going to stop us having fun! Everyone is welcome to their local club and everyone tends to love the environment and social aspects.But many members of staff within a scout group may never have come across a deaf child or young adult and thus may be unaware at how easy it is to equally include them in all activities and aspects of the group.
Therefore, we have taken inspiration from The Scout Association (http://scouts.org.uk/home/) to provide you with a post detailing all that you can do to ensure deaf youngsters have just as great a time as everyone else!
Plan Your Programme To Include Them In All Activities
Now we know you probably already plan the activities and how the day is going to pan out. But it may be safe to say there are times when the plan is to just let the day flow and everyone will know what is expected of them, like at lunch for example. Ensuring the day and all activities are mapped out meaning that the children know what’s happening next, this can be especially helpful for a deaf child.
Ensure All Your Discussions Are Accessible
Something as simple as changing the format of how everyone is positioned can have a massive impact on how a deaf person can access the talk. For example, having people positioned in a circle allows deaf people to more easily see everyone and makes the conversations work better back and forth.Then having all the scouts lined up facing the leaders, makes it easier for deaf people to lip read and identify who is talking.
Allow Them The Choice
Like with all young people, and anyone in-fact, you should never force anyone to do something they are uncomfortable with. Simple ask if they wish to take part. If they wish to, awesome now just to make sure they enjoy themselves. If they don’t wish to take part, just ensure someone is there to keep an eye on those not taking part.