Lipreading Training

Dumfries and Galloway Hard of Hearing Group are offering you the opportunity to take part in our 12 week Lipreading Course.

This 12 week course is intended for anyone affected by hearing loss, who would like to develop their lipreading skills and improve their ability to communicate with others. This course will provide you with a greater understanding of the theory of lipreading, explain how confusion might occur and provide effective solutions for common communication problems.

Why Learn Lipreading?

Effective communication is one of the cornerstones of our continued wellbeing, it affects all areas of our lives and allows us to successfully interact with those around us.

Many of us with a hearing loss find ourselves isolated from our family and friends as we are unable to accurately follow what others are saying. This lack of ability to communicate can cause frustration, depression and loneliness and we can become very isolated.

Learning to lipread can help improve our ability to communicate, it isn’t a magic wand but with practice, it can help us to better understand what we see and hear and allow us to regain our confidence and take a more active part in conversation and life in general.

Many people who have a hearing loss naturally lip read to some extent, but formal teaching of lip reading aims to provide us with a larger toolkit of skills and strategy’s to make our lip reading more effective.

Who is this Lipreading Course For?

The course is suitable for both newcomers to lipreading and for those who already have some experience and knowledge.

NB Please only apply if you or a member of your family have a hearing loss.

Subjects to be covered by this lipreading course

The course will cover a variety of subjects including:

  • The theory of lipreading and the lipreader’s alphabet
  • Helpful lipshape groups
  • The importance of context in lipreading – putting two and two together
  • The significance of homophenes and ‘moving sideways
  • Communication Tactics and Repair Strategies

and will give you the opportunity to practise lipreading in a safe and positive environment.

No Tablet? No Worries!

If you would like to take part in one of our online classes delivered via Zoom, we can lend you one of our tablets for the duration of the course.  These tablets have zoom and email pre-installed so you don’t need to worry about having pre-existing technological know how.

To learn more, or to receive a tablet, please make a request in the description section when booking, or contact a member of staff here.

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