英國的助聽犬機構Hearing Dog, 目前提供孩童助聽犬服務,

Dogs are commonly known as man's best friend, but it turns out they may also be a child's, particularly if those children are one of the 45,000 deaf children in the UK.

Hearing dogs, as they are known, could transform many young lives by offering companionship, confidence and independence.

Not only that, but these specially trained dogs could improve behaviour at school and lead to better academic performance, a recent study has found.

Graham Satchell reports.

Read more: Dogs 'make deaf children safer'

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記者:早上7:59,11歲的詹姆斯有一個獨特的起床鬧鐘。

記者:詹姆斯是重聽。已經訓練他的助聽犬庫爾特讓他下床。詹姆斯是在該國的第一個孩子得到了聽損兒助聽犬的孩童之一。他們已經成為最好的朋友。

詹姆斯:我愛我的狗,他非常棒。

記者:庫爾特經過助聽犬培訓,能對應對定聲音和命令。詹姆斯的媽媽,路易絲,一直認為庫爾特對他們來說是天賜的禮物。

路易斯:如果我在樓下做飯,我可以叫庫爾特上樓去叫詹姆斯。詹姆斯會給他一個小餅乾以示讚揚。詹姆斯會問他說,“怎麼了?”

詹姆斯:怎麼了?

路易斯:他會跟著庫爾特下樓來找我還給我,節省我在跑上跑下的大量時間。

記者:助聽犬不只是提供便利但它不只是方便。庫爾特也被訓練以應對像煙霧報警器等警示鈴聲。他會發現詹姆斯趴下。詹姆斯知道庫爾特如果不躺下有危險,和他去尋找他的媽媽。

路易斯:我很驚訝的動物可以為人類做什麼。詹姆斯與他溝通沒有問題 - 他已經成為一個人更有信心。我能肯定,是越來越少。有在家裡的狗,這是美妙的,其實很難回想起如何庫爾特沒有生命。

記者:庫爾特已成為家庭和詹姆斯的一部分,幫助照顧他。在過去的一年,慈善為聾人聽力犬首次放在與兒童的12只犬。像詹姆斯,他們都成長的信心,也睡得更好,他們說,感覺更安全。

詹姆斯:庫爾特是我最好的朋友

記者:一個朋友,一個監護人,照顧者。
 

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Reporter: 7.59 and 11-year-old James is about to get a unique wake-up call.

(BEEPING NOISE)

Reporter: James is hard of hearing. His dog Kurt has been trained to get him out of bed. James is one of the first children in the country to get a hearing dog for the deaf. They've become the best of friends.

James: I love my dog, and he's a very good boy.

Reporter: Kurt has been trained to respond to certain sounds and commands. It's been a godsend for James's mum, Louise.

Louise: If I'm cooking downstairs, I can call the dog, Kurt will go and get James and give him a nudge. James will say, 'What is it?'

James: What is it?

Louise: And he will follow Kurt back to me, so he brings him to me. It saves me a lot of running up and down the stairs.

Reporter: But it's not just about convenience. Kurt has also been trained to respond to things like the smoke alarm. (BEEPING NOISE) As soon as it goes off he'll find James and lie down. James knows that if Kurt does lie down there is danger and he goes to find his mum.

Louise: I'm amazed what an animal can do for a human being. James has problems with his speech - he's become more confident as a person. Those feelings of isolation, I'm sure, are getting less and less. It's wonderful to have the dog in the house, in fact it's hard to think back to how life was without Kurt.

Reporter: Kurt has become part of the family and James helps to look after him. In the last year, the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has for the first time placed 12 dogs with children. Like James, they have all grown in confidence, have slept better and, they say, feel safer.

James: Kurt is my best friend

Reporter: A friend, a guardian, a carer.

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