Deaf children learn with Movies, Munchies and Make-Believe

Daniel and Rachel from RIDBC Garfield Barwick School sell tickets at the Movie DayDaniel and Rachel from RIDBC Garfield Barwick School sell tickets at the Movie Day

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children’s (RIDBC) Garfield Barwick School has held its Movies, Munchies and Make-Believe day to help develop the Year One students’ language and social skills.
The day gave the students an interactive, activities-based learning experience, immersing them in the language and communication concepts that surround a trip to the cinema.

RIDBC Garfield Barwick School caters for students with hearing loss from Kindergarten to Year 6 who are learning to listen and speak with the assistance of hearing aids and/or cochlear implants, providing the specialist support that students with hearing loss require to develop their speech and language.

“All the staff and students at the school dressed as their favourite movie character to get them involved in the day,” said RIDBC Teacher, Socorro Amos.

“There were many practical skills my Year One and Two classes were able to learn: selling movie tickets, selling popcorn and drinks and being an usher or usherette. In all those activities the students have to learn about language and in any money transaction they are using Maths.”

RIDBC Garfield Barwick School focuses very much on developing students’ audition, speech and language. By providing fun, hands-on activities the students also benefit from a social environment, actively involving them in a learning experience where they learn language in context.

“I also had my class decorate the school during the week, making environmental signs to advertise the movies and to give directions. It made a huge impact - you can see how proud they are with what they have managed to achieve,” said Ms Amos.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children assists over 3000 children with significant hearing or vision impairment and their families across Australia.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.