A Systematic Review of Early Interventions for Parents of Deaf Babies

There are approximately 50,000 deaf children in the UK; over 90% are born to hearing parents, most of whom were not been expecting a deaf child. Deaf children are more likely to have delays in language and cognition (Peterson, 2015), delayed educational outcomes (NDCS, 2018) and poorer long term outcomes including increased unemployment (Action on Hearing Loss, 2015). Deaf children across England have been found to have 2 to 3 times the rates of mental health problems compared to other children (Roberts et al, 2015). Early support for parents is therefore important.

Early detection of deafness through the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (UNHSP) quickly followed by parenting support programmes improves many negative outcomes (Yoshinaga–Itano, 2003). However, parenting support across the UK varies in content and frequency.  Whilst nearly all deaf children are allocated a Teacher of the Deaf (ToD) for support there is currently no universal offering in terms of the frequency and nature of support, or an established manualised early parenting support programme.

The COMIC team will conduct a systematic review of the research evidence, for early parenting support interventions, between 0-5 years of deaf infants with a hearing loss of 40dB or above. To find out more about the research please contact Jane Blackwell ([email protected]), Barry Wright ([email protected]), or ([email protected] ).


Professor Barry Wright, Danielle Varley, Megan Garside, Helen Phillips, Professor Ruth Swanwick, Professor Rachel Churchill, Dr Victoria Allgar, Dr Dean McMillan, Mr Ian Noon, Mr Paul Simpson, Mrs Alison Spear, Mr Paul Simpson