Children who have any disability can require additional time and energy.
Children with hearing loss are no exception. They are not any different than other children except requiring more communication skills. They have difficulty hearing the speaker and often are speech delayed. They are otherwise as intelligent as their peers.
They often watch peers, parents, friends and others for cues to assist with their communication difficulties or delays. Research has determined by age 4 the number of words they have learned is related to the number of words they have heard. If they are listening to others around them use the same vocabulary (including slang or foul language) that is what all children repeat.
So talking helps all children to be better communicators. Yes, I stress talk and then listen to what THEY are saying or not saying. This will provide big cues on their language and surroundings. Here are some tips to assist children with hearing impairments.
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Patricia Larson Shields, AuD FAAA MA CCC-SP/L is a doctor of audiology with her degree from The School of Audiology of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in February, 2003. She has been in business in Mitchell, SD since September, 1991.