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Caregivers are Key Communicators

Suggestions for Day Care and Early Childhood Staff A young child with a hearing loss may need additional communication support with unfamiliar people or in group situations. There is much information available for understanding early childhood hearing loss. A family can describe what is most helpful for their individual child. When caring for babies, toddlers […]

Other Reading and Online Resources

Families’ preferences for sources of hearing loss information will vary. A few recent publications are listed here to help you get started! Ask other parents and professionals for more suggestions. Create a personalized list and share it! Books Bodner-Johnson, B., & Sass-Lehrer, M. (Ed.)  The Young Deaf or Hard of Hearing  Child. Baltimore, MD:  Paul […]

Meet My Child!

Teachers and therapists welcome information about children to be able to work with them well. Parents can provide information from their own observations and others’ reports. A personal way to share a child’s strengths is by giving service providers an introductory summary. A “Meet My Child” intro can be created however a family prefers. Sometimes […]

The Leader of Your Child’s Educational Team

The Leader of Your Child’s Educational Team: YOU

The day your child was diagnosed with a hearing loss, you became an integral part of a team created to bring your little one to his or her greatest potential. That team consists of the: Pediatrician Ear Nose and Throat specialist Audiologist Teacher of the deaf and Specialists you consult regularly Each of these professionals […]

School Time

School Time!

When your child enters preschool, you have the perfect opportunity to develop on-going teamwork with teachers and school personnel. This is the time to bring your positive attitude and support, which will continue throughout your child’s education. What can you do? Ask for time to explain the hearing aids or cochlear implant to the other […]

Strategies School Services

Successful Strategies for Starting School Services

Parents of young child with hearing loss have a significant role in the start of school services.  Many families wish to be active in their child’s early education but are unsure how to start. Programs and the rights of children and their families vary from country to country and even within countries. Parents can ask […]

Improving Behavior

Preparing for Preschool

Your child is old enough for preschool! The first step is making a decision about how, when and where your little one will attend. Begin by considering your youngster’s communication skills. Think about what concepts and vocabulary your child knows and what skills you are hoping will be achieved next. Think about what you feel […]

Communicating Clearly with Young Children with Hearing Loss: Tips for Home & School

Tips for Home Identifying ways to help children feel successful communicating is key to their becoming more confident and using more language. Whether children are talking, signing, cueing or using a combined approach there can be times when communication seems challenging. Consider using some of these tips to enhance family interactions. Ideas for home Stay […]

Improving Behavior

Improving Behavior by Increasing Communication

If children are unsure what is expected or do not understand what is happening, they become upset. When children can anticipate events and convey their wants, frustrations are reduced. Learning to control one’s own behavior is a developmental process and problems occur when there are communica-tion challenges. The solutions for improving behaviors are connected to […]

Reading Good

Reading Regularly to a Young Child with Hearing Loss

Families encourage literacy by looking at books, sharing stories, enjoying rhymes and reading aloud with their young child with hearing loss. Being read to daily at a very early age provides numerous learning and social benefits. A child’s listening skills increase from frequent reading sessions. His language expands by exploring many types of stories. His […]