- Hearing Aids
- Cochlear Implants
- FM Systems – Improved perception of speech over background noise and distance
- Bluetooth and Streaming Options
- Bone-Anchored Hearing Solutions
- Describing the Impact of Hearing Loss to Parents/Teachers
- Demonstrations: Simulated Listening with Hearing Loss & Devices
- Relationship of Hearing Loss to Listening and Learning
- Inservicing the Classroom Teacher
- Emailable Tips for Teachers
- Understanding Your Student’s Aided Hearing using the Desired Sensation Level (DSL) Approach
- Early Childhood: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool
- Early Intervention Resources
- Brain Development & Hearing Loss
- Communication Choices
- Communication Development Monitoring – Infants and Toddlers
- Smiling, Eye Contact and Early Development
- Strategies for Keeping Hearing Aids on Young Children
- Getting Ready to Read
- Emailable Tips for Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers
- Hearing Loss – Identification and Next Steps
- Hearing Loss – Information on Specific Types
- Language and Speech Development Issues
- Legal Issues in Serving Children with Hearing Loss
- Listening (Auditory Skills) Development
- Planning to Meet Student Needs
- Models of Service Delivery
- Evaluation Considerations
- Assessment of Student Skills, Challenges, Needs
- Accommodations for Students with Hearing Loss
- Transition Planning for Adulthood
- Self-Advocacy Skills for Students with Hearing Loss
- Social Needs & “I hate my hearing aids!”
- Speech Perception & Learning
Most parents and family members of children with hearing loss never expected that their child would be hard of hearing or deaf. You may have many questions.
Just when you feel like you understand how to help your child, he or she grows into new challenges or needs and you may have more questions.
Select the age of your child and you will be directed to those resources.
Infants and Toddlers
‘I am the mother of a 4.5 year old little girl who listens with bi-lateral cochlear implants. She has had a very positive experience in her mainstream school setting, but the tools on your site are easy to use and understand and will help me to effectively communicate her needs with teachers unfamiliar with having a deaf child in the classroom. I am also a clinical social worker on a cochlear implant team. While not new to medical social work, I have not worked with this population, professionally, prior to this job. The more I learn, the better able I will be to support the families with whom I work. I will suggest these resources to some of our parents. Thank you.’
QUESTIONS YOU MAY ASK:
Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss (select the link above to be directed to these questions)
- What does it mean to have a baby with hearing loss?
- Why can’t we just wait awhile? We JUST found out!
- What should I be doing to help my baby?
- Are hearing aids really needed? How much will they help?
- What do people mean by Communication Choices? What do we need to decide?
- What’s the big deal about unilateral hearing loss (hearing loss in only one ear)?
- Will having ear infections impact learning?
School-Aged Children with Hearing Loss (select the link above to be directed to these questions)
- What are the possible effects the hearing loss can cause at school?
- How can my child learn to be responsible for his hearing devices? What should I expect, when?
- What information can I share with the school as my child starts a new school year or in a new school?
- Will having many ear infections impact my child’s learning?
- As my child with hearing loss has gotten older, he doesn’t want to wear his hearing aids. Why? What can I do?
- Can hearing loss be caused by noise? Is this a big deal?
Speaking with other parents of children with hearing loss can provide you with strong support and real-life information as you seek ways to support your child.
If you have not received parent-to-parent support yet, or if you haven’t experienced parent connections in awhile, I strongly recommend that you connect with www.handsandvoices.org. Hands and Voices also has many resources for parents and can connect you with other parents in your state or local area who have probably had the same questions that you are asking right now! As your child grows and encounters different challenges, your contact with parents who have been beside their children facing the same challenges may provide just the help you need.Karen Anderson, Director
All Resources for Parents
Feel free to look at the Professional Resources section too for more information!
- 10 Things I Wish You Knew (From a special kid to special parents)
- Hearing Aids and Your Child
- Does he have to wear his hearing aids? Really? He seems to hear okay!
- Early consistent hearing: building trust & confidence
- Expectations for caring for hearing devices
- Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants – Ways to Help Daily Hearing
- Growing up with hearing loss: challenges & resistance
- Strategies for Keeping Hearing Aids on Young Children
- Understanding How Well Your Child Hears with Hearing Aids
- Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss
- Ready or Not – Your Child has a Hearing Loss! Explaining the Urgency
- How to start to help your child
- Early Intervention – What’s That?
- Communication – whatever fits your child and family
- Understanding your baby’s hearing loss
- School-Aged Children with Hearing Loss
- Possible educational effects of hearing loss
- Preparing for your child to start school
- Information to discuss with your child’s teacher
- Individual Education Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans
- Developing Your Child’s Reading Skills
- Social Communication – PRAGMATICS
- Ear Infections and Learning
- Hearing Loss Caused by Noise
- Self-Concept: How the Child with Hearing Loss Sees Himself
- Social Issues and Your Child
- Unilateral Hearing Loss