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Addressing mental health needs of deaf children and their families: the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

  • Ben Sessa (a1) and Hilary Sutherland (a1)
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Rates of developmental delay, autism and mental illness in deaf children are higher than in hearing children. Early language acquisition (signed or spoken) is a protective factor against mental disorder. Deaf children and their families are often given conflicting messages and advice about their upbringing and many are unable to access generic child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). We describe the National Deaf CAMHS, a service that has been set up to answer the needs of this group of patients. It uses specialist intervention which incorporates some aspects of Deaf awareness to empower deaf children and reduce the burden of mental health problems that are likely to accompany them into and throughout their adulthood.

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Ben Sessa (ben.sessa@sompar.nhs.uk)
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