School readiness

For children with hearing impairment (and their parents), starting at a mainstream school may be the culmination of years of preparation and anticipation.

Starting school is both exciting and daunting for most children and their parents. For children with hearing impairment (and their parents), starting at a mainstream school may be the culmination of years of preparation and anticipation.

Attendance at a mainstream school does not signal the end of support from Cochlear™ but rather the beginning of the next phase in helping children with cochlear implants to become competent communicators and learners.

There are many ways in which parents and teachers can help children with a hearing impairment survive and thrive in a mainstream educational setting. Parent preparation at home begins in the years before the child walks through the school doors.

Once the child begins school, his or her successful integration is largely dependent upon an effective collaboration between parents, teachers, and other educational professionals.

Cochlear has created the Strive and thrive refresh guide, loaded with ideas strategies and information to help you prepare your child for starting school, and transition from preschool to ‘big school’. You can download a copy here: https://www.cochlear.com/sg/home/support/rehabilitation-resources/school-age/school-age