Teaching hearing-impaired children

We all learn throughout our lives. Children suffering from hearing impairment have the ability to live full and productive lives in the same way as other children. But they need additional support when learning.

Because of the hearing loss, hearing-impaired children need to have things carefully explained on a one-to-one basis. That includes practical and small things such as what you are going to do, what you are going to buy or where you are going. It can take time, but it is necessary.

Hearing impairment in children means that they need extra help when learning new words and concepts. Physical objects normally do not pose problems, but abstract concepts such as time, feelings and thoughts are harder to explain for hearing-impaired children.

When explaining things, try to use short, clear sentences and draw or use pictures, as required, to illustrate what you mean.

Always talk to and ask your child questions even though he or she has problems hearing what you are saying. This is the only way to encourage your child to speak.

And remember: Let the child speak to other people. Do not take on the role of interpreter on his or her behalf.

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