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Life Stages

Parenting a deaf or hard of hearing child can be full of challenges and new experiences, particularly in finding information and resources that are relevant and useful to your family or child today and for what may come in the future.

Although every child and their whānau has unique qualities and challenges there are universal experiences faced by most families during their child's life stages.

This section has been separated into the following stages:


Under each life stage there are resources, articles, research, opinion, useful links and information relevant to that age group, relevant to parents and also to classroom teachers, as well as associated organisations.

If you cannot locate the information you are looking for, please try the Search option on the top right of the screen, if you would like help to locate information on the site you can email us at webadmin@deafchildren.org.nz.

Adding your resources

We are always looking to add to our resources and to ensure that the resources here are up to date. If you have found a particularly wonderful resource, be it a website, a blog, a DVD or Toolkit or anything you have found to be useful on your journey, we would love to hear from you.

Also if you have any comments about the resources here, we would be keen to hear them. Sharing information among parents is one of the primary goals of the New Zealand Federation for Deaf Children and we want to know that the information we are providing is relevant. 

You can use our Submit a resource form or email us your suggestions for resources to info@deafchildren.org.nz

For teachers

Resources that you can give to your child's classroom teacher to help them understand audiology & technology and tips for teaching students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Tips from a Deaf secondary school student

Zoe is a Deaf teenager attending high school, New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is Zoe's first language.

She has some good tips for relief teachers in this short video.