Long ago, many children with hearing loss received “speech therapy” well into their teen years and beyond. Thanks to newborn hearing screening, early intervention, and great hearing technology, the world is changing! Now, we find ourselves asking, “When is a child with hearing loss ready to graduate from auditory-verbal therapy?” More correctly, because therapy is a family affair, we should really ask, “When is a family ready to graduate from AVT?”
Enjoy this recording of my 3/25/2015 webinar for the Cochlear HOPE series, “The Catch-Up Game: Working with Children Who Receive Cochlear Implants Late.” Click CC in the lower right corner for captions.
One of the parents in my practice, the mother of a bright, early-identified, early-amplified, thriving AV toddler, was discussing her son’s preschool options. Should he enroll in a local class for children with hearing loss, or attend the neighborhood preschool with his hearing peers. “I wonder,” the mother asked, “is it ever “too early” to mainstream?”
Testing and evaluations bring up many emotions in parents and children alike. Used well, a comprehensive evaluation provides a measure of the child’s progress and a road map for the way forward. But how are you supposed to untangle the web of jargon and questions surrounding your child’s testing? Let’s discuss…
Psychologist Lev Vygotsky is credited with identifying the concept of the “Zone of Proximal Development.” This “ZPD” is the area between what a learner can do without help and what a learner can do with help — that is, it’s the zone where growth and learning really happen. Zone of Proximal Development sounds impressive, but for me, I like to think of it as the “Just Right Challenge.”
I’ve written before about difficult listening situations: large group presentations, meetings at work, crowded restaurants, but one that comes up most frequently for students with hearing loss is the dreaded cafeteria. The room is often an acoustic nightmare, but time spent socializing with friends on a break between classes cannot be replaced. What’s a student to do? Here are some tips to conquer the cafeteria.
When you meet someone new, one of the first questions we tend to ask is, “What do you do?” When I tell people that I teach children with hearing loss to listen and speak, it’s a real conversation starter. Here are some of my most frequently asked questions about hearing loss, hearing technology, and Auditory Verbal Therapy. What are yours?
Can you believe that August is here already and it’s time to start thinking about getting back into the school routine? The beginning of the school year is an exciting time, but it can also be filled with anxiety on the part of parents, students with hearing loss, and school staff. How will other students react to my child’s cochlear implants? How can I best teach a child with hearing loss in my classroom? How can I give my students the skills they need to build strong peer relationships? How can I keep track of my child’s hearing equipment at school? How do I write a strong IEP?