Lipreading simply means using a speaker's lip patterns to help follow speech. Lipreading classes are intended to teach people with hearing loss how to use lipreading to supplement their residual hearing and to learn communication tactics to help them at work, social situations and everyday life.
The Classes are currently done virtually on Zoom.
However if there is enough interest then we can offer classes face to face in Milton Keynes so let us know if you are interested!
These lipreading classes are for adults and there is no upper age limit.
The classes are aimed at anyone who wants to learn to lipread to support their communication due to hearing loss or anyone who wants to support a person with hearing loss. If you enjoy learning languages or solving puzzles you are likely to enjoy a lipreading class.
The free taster session will last 1 hour. I will teach for about 45 mins then allow 15 mins for questions. I will open the Zoom meeting about 10 mins before the start of the session to allow everyone to get settled and check all can see the captions etc.
To join the taster session you will need to join an online Zoom meeting. The class is interactive, not a lecture, so you will need to join with your camera on and be prepared to ask and answer questions and try out some simple lipreading exercises. I teach using automated captions, slide sharing and chat as well as voice to help people with hearing loss follow the class. You don't need to be a Zoom expert - I am happy to explain the basics before we start.
Helen Perry has worked as an Audiologist in the NHS for over 25 years, her interest in Lipreading came about when her patients were unable to access lipreading classes.
Following her training at the City Lit, Helen taught in her local Audiology department and joined the City Lit in 2019 as a lipreading tutor, teaching lipreading and managing hearing loss.
Helen enjoys teaching all the varied topics about lipreading and managing hearing loss. She is a champion of the benefits of lipreading classes and works closely with charities that are local to her.
Helen has an MSc in Audiological Science.