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Published by the Mix96 News Team at 6:05am 16th June 2017.

Pupils of Newtown Infants School in Chesham will be dressing in their loudest clothes today.

It's all part of Loud Shirt Day, which aims to help give deaf children the same opportunities as their hearing peers.

The day's been organised by national charity Auditory Verbal UK.

Newtown will be joining many other schools, workplaces, celebrities and community groups across the UK.

Auditory Verbal UK works with pre-school deaf children to help them develop their listening and spoken language skills so that they can start school with the same communication skills as their typically hearing peers.

In the UK today only 33% of deaf children achieve a good level of development in the Early Years’ Foundation Stage.

The charity say this really should not be the case.

At Auditory Verbal UK, 80% of children who spend at least two years on the early intervention programme achieve age-appropriate language and most attend mainstream schools.

Those taking part in Loud Shirt Day are helping to make this a reality for more deaf children in the UK.

The charity’s Chief Executive, Anita Grover, from Chesham, said:

“Many deaf children are underachieving at school, are at higher risk of isolation, bullying and social exclusion, and have lower employment prospects. But this shouldn’t be the case.

"With the right support in the early years, deaf children in Buckinghamshire and nationwide can have the same opportunities in life as hearing children.

"The first three and a half years are critical for the development of listening and talking skills and the foundations for literacy and numeracy. With effective early intervention, deaf children can achieve on a par with their hearing peers.

"There really shouldn’t be any barriers to deaf children realising their full potential. We are delighted that people across the UK will be joining so many celebrities on Loud Shirt Day on 16 June to create a sound future for deaf children across the UK.”

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