Real, human insights to life with cochlear implants can be tricky to source. While these devices are not accepted by some, these experiences of digital hearing are worth reading: Read: Cochlear Implants Give The Gift Of Hearing, But They’re Not For Everyone Our favourite story here, is the office worker who overheard a colleague on
Having a child who’s different to the rest of the family, requires adjustment for each parent and sibling (if relevant) – while also impacting the wider family and friends to an extent. A mother shares a very honest account: Read: Insights From Raising A Child With Hearing Issues Quotes Slowly, friends dropped off and I was
All babies lip-read from about 6 months of age, to learn mouth-shapes for the sounds they hear, according to researchers at Florida Atlantic University. When a baby gazes intently at a speaker’s mouth, this indicates they are working to learn to form syllables for themselves, instead of just babbling. Read: Babies Learn Language By Reading
“Fiver Friday“, launched on July 1st, aims to encourage the Irish population to go out and spend €5 extra on local products to kick-start the economy. IDK is offering its award-winning childrens’ book, “A Birthday For Ben“ at €5.00 per book, on Fridays through end-August 2011 (down from €8.99). Subscribers to our monthly ezine can buy
Almost exactly a year ago, IDK posted a piece about explaining deafness in concept books for children – which also educate teachers and other adults! One of these books, My Brother John (published May 2008), introduces deafness, hearing aids, cochlear implants & sign language in a single story. The story, told from the perspective of
Many school teachers would like how to teach their hearing pupils about deafness but are unsure how to proceed. Children with a classmate who’s deaf can be equally curious about what exactly is involved. Depending on the age of the children in a school class, the concept of deafness can be taught in a few ways.
When I’m asked this question, it’s tempting to reply, “what’s it like to be hearing?” – but that doesn’t achieve much! This simulator is brilliant for explaining how deaf people are challenged every day, and why background noise irritates hearing-device wearers. Simulators for autism, dyslexia and sight issues are also included on this site, which was
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