Explaining hearing-devices to children (a deaf child, siblings, family, friends or peers) can be a challenge in making sure everyone understands the facts. Concept books are great for explaining to all children the specific frustrations and issues deaf children can experience. Understanding is increased, with the deaf child realising others are in their position, and hearing children
A parent has just asked what toys and games are best for deaf children. The answer is – exactly the same as for other children! All kids need fun, and if they learn at the same time, that’s a bonus. Deaf children are visual, so bright toys and murals will attract and hold their interest. Learning through
On March 23, 2008, Newstalk FM featured IDK in its Change-Makers series. Note: Caroline has since had two cochlear implants, which make her speech clearer now. Newstalk’s Louise Williams spoke with the founder of IDK, Caroline Carswell. Here is the full conversation. C: Caroline Carswell and L: Louise Williams C: ‘My name is Caroline Carswell and I’ve been
Deaf children who can explain their communication needs to others from early on, will have an easier life. Parents need to give their child the self-confidence to do this, maybe through practice or role-play. Once the child knows to tell people how they hear and communicate when they first meet (you can do this together),
Research constantly shows children educated in an inclusive environment from the outset, to be more accepting of differences. Deaf children benefit from inclusion, even when play is still the main mode of social interaction. At my mainstream preschool, I remember linking hands tightly in solidarity with one or two particular hearing classmates (still friends today,
Deafness isn’t the tragedy that it was, at one time. With sustained early intervention and hearing-devices from birth to age three, a baby or child who is deaf achieves a good quality of life with their own personal milestones. However, if deafness is diagnosed at a late stage (after the child is 2.5 years of
Speech is a priceless gift. Especially when it has to be acquired through intensive speech therapy, language lessons and hours of pronunciation practice. Babies with a hearing impairment aren’t able to absorb and replicate the speech heard in their environment, as their hearing peers do. Help is needed, but the huge effort is rewarded with
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