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Deaf Children Feel Lonely and Isolated, Says Charity

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Deaf children face isolation and loneliness as more than half of British adults do not feel confident talking to them, according to new figures.

Every deaf child has a preferred method of communicating, whether it is speech, British Sign Language, or a mixture of both

New research released by the National Deaf Children’s Society found one in five people have felt nervous when talking to deaf people because they do not know what to do, while 10 per cent has pretended to understand something a deaf person said instead of asking for clarification.

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The organisation said a reluctance to speak to deaf people has contributed to feelings of isolation and loneliness among the UK’s 50,000 deaf children, affecting happiness, mental health and communication skills.

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