4 hearing loss-friendly kids’ movies and shows

The early years are vital for a child’s development and sense of self. So, we put together a list of children’s programs that showcase hearing loss in a positive way. If you know of any other TV shows or movies to add to the list, let us know!

The Wiggles

If you’re the parent of a toddler, there’s no going past this iconic children’s band, especially the much-adored Yellow Wiggle, Emma Watkins. But Emma’s not just a talented dancer, singer and choreographer – she’s also well-versed in Auslan sign language.

Because of her The Wiggles started using sign language in their musical perfromances to make it more accessible to everybody. While Emma doesn’t have hearing loss, she learned Auslan growing up as two of her close friends do.

Watch Emma dance and sign along to Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling:

Sally and Possum

An Australian first, this educational series is specifically designed for young children who use Auslan as their first language. Sally and Possum aims to bridge the early literacy and numeracy gap for children aged four to eight years old who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

Both Sally Strobridge and Melvin Ratcliffe (who play best friends Sally and Possum) are highly esteemed in the deaf community and experienced in the early childhood education setting.

You can find the latest Sally and Possum episodes here.

The Little Mermaid TV Series

It’s a blast from the past with this Disney classic! Gabriella is a young mermaid and close friend of Ariel in Disney’s 1992 – 1993 television series, The Little Mermaid. Like Ariel, she’s curious and inquisitive with an adventurous spirit. She communicates in sign language and her friend Ollie the Octopus serves as her interpreter.

Check out this video which features a heartwarming duet by Ariel and Gabriella.

Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World

An action-packed romp for the whole family and the fourth addition to the Spy Kids franchise. What sets this one apart is a certain little boy and some very blue hearing aids. The character Cecil Wilson, aside from being a butt-kicking spy and action star, is a member of the hearing loss community. Throughout the film there are also some moments of sign language between the siblings.

See if you can spot Cecil’s hearing aid in this trailer!

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