Memorial Day is almost here and you know what that means – it is Better Hearing & Speech Month! Per the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the theme for this year’s month-long event is “Communication for All.” While this topic is applicable to anyone in Spanish Fork or around the country with hearing loss, it is an especially important topic for children.
For many, communicating with a child who has hearing loss takes a new skill set that you need to learn. In order to help you navigate these often murky waters, your Spanish Fork audiologist has put together a list of five common strategies you can use to improve your communication.
Below is the list.
Do You Have Their Attention?
Before you start a conversation, you need to make sure you have their attention. This can be done by catching their eye, signaling or saying their name.
It is important to always be facing your child when talking. Standing close can help them understand you better, as they can see your facial expressions and lip movements.
Are You Paying Attention to Their Responses?
In order to have a successful conversation, your child needs to understand what you are saying. In order to confirm that they are, it helps to watch their facial expression to see if they appear uncertain. You can also ask follow-up questions if you want to be sure.
Don’t forget to speak slowly and give clear instructions.
Are You Being Patient?
Carrying on a conversation with anyone who has hearing loss can he hard. It is important that you are patient with your child while they try to understand. Not to mention, children can sense your frustration. This can make the whole exchange even more difficult, especially if your child is anxious or self-conscious.
Are You Staying Positive?
It is important to stay positive and be encouraging. Your Spanish Fork audiologist recommends celebrating their accomplishments, no matter how small, to keep then on a track toward success.
Have You Signed Up For Early Intervention?
It is important to take action as soon as you realize something is wrong. As with any medical condition, early intervention is key. Once hearing loss has been identified, your child is able to receive the help they need at home and at school.
For more information about how to help your child with their hearing loss or to learn more about spreading the word during Better Hearing & Speech Month, contact your Spanish Fork audiologist.