Families with Deaf Children Project (Theory of Mind)

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Thank you very much for your interest in our research. This project investigates how deaf children communicate with their families, and how they develop an understanding of the social world around them. We are recruiting families directly; and through the NDCS, Deafparents UK, schools and service providers to deaf children. This project is linked to similar studies across Europe.

What's involved?
Families who decide to take part will take part in sessions for a maximum of one hour, three times within a 12 month period. We will observe you and your child taking part in everyday activities, and carry out some tests of language and cognitive development. We will film these assessments and interactions in your home, or sometimes you will be invited to visit our child development laboratory at the University. These tests are fun for children to take part in and you will always be in close proximity. You can withdraw from the study at any time.

How will your confidentiality be maintained?
Your communication will be filmed and coded with an identifying number and not directly associated with your identity. Only numeric information will be shared between researchers. However, because face information is important in communication with deaf children, it is not possible to fully conceal your child's identity. We will ask specific consent for the different possible uses of still or video images in which you or your child might be recognised (e.g. academic presentations, research publications, press releases, classroom/teaching purposes). Recorded data will be confidentially secured in our laboratory. Our research complies with the Data Protection Act 1998, the data regulations of the funding body and the ethical requirements of City University.

The researchers in this project are fluent in English and BSL. All forms and project information will be available to you in English and BSL, or your other home language by arrangement. Proper procedures are in place to address any problems, should they arise.

What are the benefits of this study?
This project will tell us important information about what best helps deaf children develop. These data will be used to inform parents and help make intervention programmes for deaf children to be more effective. We endeavour to make this study enjoyable for you and your child to take part in.

Thank you once for your interest. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more or to register for this exciting project.


Gary Morgan g.morgan@city.ac.uk

Or write to us at:

Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre (DCAL)
49 Gordon Square