Start at home

As a parent, there are a number of things you can do at home to ensure your child can maximise their listening and learning outcomes.

Parents are the only members of the hearing team who have a complete historical, social and emotional perspective on their child’s development. As a parent, there are a number of things you can do at home to ensure your child can maximise their listening and learning outcomes.

Increase your child’s language level:

  • Ask advanced questions (How? and Why?)
  • Involve your child in problem solving activities
  • Ask your child to re-tell a story
  • Involve siblings, family members and friends in conversation with your child
  • Ask your child to help with daily tasks

Develop self-advocacy

Teach your child to:

  • Make sure he/she can hear
  • Raise his/her hand in the class
  • Ask questions and raise requests
  • Know his/her sound processor and accessories

Develop social skills

Teach your child to:

  • Ask for clarifications
  • Make new friends
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Be independent
  • Converse with friends

Develop conversational competence

Conversational starters:

  • Put a picture under his/her plate
  • Put a toy in his/her pocket
  • Put a picture in his/her lunch box
  • Unplug the television
  • Serve frozen milk

During school

  • Make sure he/she is on the Noise setting, or knows how to change the settings using the CR110 Remote Assistant or buttons on the sound processor.
  • Pack extra batteries in your child’s school bag
  • Get plans from the teacher for pre-teaching concepts
  • Arrange preferential seating in the classroom
  • Assign your child a buddy
  • Have regular communication with the teacher – use a parent-teacher notebook for daily communication
  • Pre-teach potential problem vocabulary

In general

  • Develop Auditory Skills
  • Develop listening as a habit of the child
  • Check comprehension of concepts and new words
  • Expect normal behaviour
  • Encourage the child to ask questions
  • Incorporate listening in social activities
  • Practice distance hearing at home
  • Play fun games (I spy, Simon Says and humming a song)
  • Read two books in a day (ten, if possible!)
  • Encourage the company of normal hearing children
  • Practice classroom directions at home

And remember to use lots of encouragement!