Talking Point: The Silent Child (film with professional discussion prompts)

A short watch which is thought-provoking and worthy of reflective discussion amongst colleagues.

I use a book club format when using film as a professional reflection tool, with questions to prompt discussion and thinking. For example:

  • What makes up Libby’s world?
  • How does Libby feel?
  • How do her parents feel?
  • What are her parents’ motivations?
  • What has informed her grandmother’s understanding of Libby’s capabilities?
  • How do you think society views people with hearing impairments (current and/or historical understanding)?
  • What is the role of the social worker?
  • Where is the line between state and parental responsibility?
  • What support is available for children with hearing impairments, parents, professionals?
  • What could improve the outcomes of children with hearing impairments?
  • Where does early years education fit in to this?
  • How did the film make you feel?
  • Will the film change your practice? If so, how?

This list isn’t exhaustive but it captures some of the main elements of discussions I’ve had on the film – your team will be different and bring different experiences to the discussion. Let me know if you have any other suggestions to include!

Synopsis: A deaf 4-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate.

Watch The Silent Child on BBC iPlayer: https://bbc.in/2qsCIa0

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