BSL interpreters help children with hearing impairment

by Knockhundred Admin

Our British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters have been in demand recently supporting children with special communication and language needs.

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) estimates there are 45,000 deaf children in the UK, with many more experiencing temporary hearing loss due to conditions such as glue ear.

  • 7% of children have speech, language and communication difficulties as their main difficulty. This is also referred to as specific language impairment and is often severe and complex. There is no obvious reason or cause for these difficulties with language, although non-verbal skills are often well developed.

  • 3% of children have speech, language and communication difficulties as part of another condition such as autism, hearing impairment, general learning difficulties etc.

  • Of these 3%, an estimated 1% of children have the most severe and complex speech, language and communication difficulties that prevent them from expressing their basic needs.

British Sign Language (BSL) is used mainly by people who are deaf or have hearing impairments. BSL has its own grammatical structure and syntax; as a language it is not dependent nor is it strongly related to spoken English. BSL is the preferred language of between 50,000 - 70,000 people within the UK.

Our British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters work in many different settings and we can provide interpreters to match the particular circumstance: a Junior Trainee BSL interpreter, a trainee BSL interpreter or a full member of the Register.

If you would like to know more about our British Sign Language (BSL) interpreting service, do please get in touch.