Tomorrow, 13th March, is Global Giving’s first donation matching day of 2013. 30% will be added to donations made through www.globalgiving.org/projects/deaf-children/ from 9am EDT (1pm GMT) while funds last (please note offer is through globalgiving.org not globalgiving.co.uk).
We are also delighted to announce changes to our project which mean that your donation will help even more young children with hearing problems. Until now our group has only been able to take babies from the age of nine months, but we are now able to create a new group for very young babies. From now on babies from three months to one year and their parents will have their own dedicated group.
It is usually a great shock for parents to realise that their child can’t hear them. Without support, this shock can deeply affect the way they communicate with their baby. A deaf baby may not be able to hear their mummy cooing over them, but they still look for eye contact and their parents’ smile, they still need to be cuddled and comforted. When parents are consumed with anxiety about their baby’s recently discovered disability, they may not communicate as much in these non-verbal ways. By the time their baby is fitted with a hearing aid a few months later, the essential bond between parent and child may be seriously weakened. Once this happens it is difficult to restore and both parent and child will suffer emotionally and find it harder to start communicating with each other.
Our new group will help parents who are still in a state of shock to overcome their anxiety and to show their baby how much they love them. When their babies are one year old, they will move on to the group you have already heard so much about, where through music and play they will learn to tune in to the world around them.
Don't forget to donate tomorrow if you'd like to help this new group flourish, and watch this space. We'll have more news and pictures when our new group has gathered.