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Growing Pains Regarding Children Communicating Skills.

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Young kids have little or no control over their lives. Relating to others is one thing that begins to empower them. That’s why it goes without saying, that children communicating goes hand-in-hand. You, the caregivers, are the most important influences in your toddlers worlds. Connecting with you at an early age will feed them emotionally and intellectually.

More and more educational research confirms what wise parents have always known – you will establish the lasting foundation of your child’s physical, mental, and spiritual health by meeting all these needs during those first few years.

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Mother and deaf daughter

And naturally, the time you share with your child will be of higher quality when you are more interactive.

My own children are all grown now. Now here are the grandchildren and sign language was never taught to them.

But they’re all understanding to the fact deaf children do exist in our society, and it’s also important to look out for the signs of going deaf.

They also understand that ‘our eyes’ are important in regards to non-verbal connection.

A TIME FOR UNDERSTANDING

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Our eye’s tend to look a little deeper to understand each other. This process would lead to a closer sense of connection.

I feel that by experiencing communication in this way, you tap a little deeper into the roots of parent/child bonding – the more dynamic your communication, the stronger your bond.

Parents who do learn early sign language, get incredible satisfaction. They enjoy teaching sign language to their toddlers at an early age.

Many who have used this system have expressed the delight they experienced a connection with their kids so early in their lives. Many parenting rewards are built on a foundation of good faith.

We found that our kids expressed themselves clearly when speech began. By clearly, I mean they were able to chose or search for the precise words to express their thoughts.

They followed a logical and systematic parents in expressing themselves.

This process would follow the same pattern as the way in which I had introduced a sign for an object or situation. Many youngsters continue to use signs after they begin speaking because it’s so much fun.

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Uncle with partial deaf niece

While I have your attention, I’d like to offer a couple of suggestions.

When your children begin to speak, they will learn and use whatever words you give them.

Don’t underestimate their intelligence and memory.

Use correct and accurate words. Even if they cannot pronounce a word perfectly, they have heard it and will eventually use it in the correct context.

I knew a parent who would teach his son specific words for injuries, (bruise, cut, scrape, etc;).

They learned to distinguish the different types of injuries, while I noticed other kids their ages still said ‘ouch’ or ‘owie’ for all injuries. This is just an example; you can carry this idea through all vocabulary development.

Teaching your youngster sign, starting with a “baby” word for ‘wanting something,’ only to replace it later with a more sophisticated word , may be doing them a disservice.

BE A CONCERNED PARENT, BUT DON’T SMOTHER

Children Communicating With Adults

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One last bit of advice: I know some parents who, with all good intentions, want to be such good parents that they over anticipate and meet their kid’s every need too readily.

The drawback here is that these youngsters rarely have an opportunity to express their needs.

Sometime between the first indication of need and the screaming stage is the opportunity to introduce signs.

This way, you can be most effective in helping your infants develop their ability to tell you exactly what they want.

Also, don’t ask your kid to sign out of context, perform for others, or compare your him or her to other ones.

Be careful not to show disappointment if your youngster chooses not to sign in a particular situation even if your kid has signed in a similar situation before.

Remember, don’t make signing with your baby a lesson, but use signs in your daily life as an augmentation to your speech. Don’t teach the signs, just sign. Let your baby discover.

Babies have control over their hands long before they develop the fine motor skills required for speech.

By teaching their infants to sign, starting as early as eight months, more and more parents, grandparents and caregivers are recognizing the many benefits of this early signing.

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Baby attempts sign language

Scientific research is revealing that a baby can understand and express much more than what was previously thought possible.

More and more people are beginning to take advantage of these important findings.

Now you as a parent seeking additional knowledge, you can use these findings to tap into your baby’s astounding, capacity for understanding and enhance the bonding process by building an early foundation for effective connecting.

 

WANTING A NORMAL CHILD

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Producing a normal child is an important parental need. The motives may include biological instinct (preservation of mankind), self-esteem, social pressures, a wish to care for and nurture someone younger and more helpless, a wish to continue the family line, a desire to prove that one is competent, a need to undo one’s own bad experience as a child, and many others.

The effect of a child’s deafness on the family needs to be understood in light of these emotionally loaded motives.

Aside from the obvious reason that knowing the cause of their child’s deafness may influence how he or she is managed, parents (like all people) have a need to understand, and if possible to control, what happens to them.

After the shock of diagnosis, parents often fear that in some way they have caused the deafness. These parental fears roughly fall into two categories: things they might have done wrong, and things they may have neglected to do.

For example, those parents who emotionally rejected their child during the pregnancy (smoked too much, drink too much, engaged in sexual activity outside the times pronounced safe by their doctors, or tried to abort the unborn child), may feel guilty, although it is highly unlikely that any of these factors influenced the deafness.

Producing a child who is physically different often prompts feelings of inadequacy, especially if it is the first child. Knowing the cause of deafness is desirable and may help reduce doubts about the ability to cope with the loss.

Some families are very concerned with the question of genetics: which side of the family did it come from?

Will the hereditary tendency affect others in the family who may not yet be born – the brothers and sisters of this deaf child? Should children and communication ever become a problem?

These are questions that should be answered for the family by their physician or, if the situation is complex, by referral to a genetic counseling clinic.
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29 comments on “Children Communicating | Easy Learning.”

  • You are right… when I was growing up there were not any deaf people in my life. Nowadays there is more understanding of the needs of people living with a disability and they are more integrated into our community. I purchased a baby sign language book when my children were small and tried to teach them some things. I think it’s important to realise that there are many people who make up our community and we should be kind and inclusive to all of them. Thanks for stating the obvious that kids had control of their hands long before they have control of your speech. This is motivating to learn more sign language words.

    • Thanks for stopping by Glenys. People don’t realize that there are more deaf children and adults around us today. Statistics has shown that more men than women experience hearing loss and statistics show that 2-3 children out of 1,000 are born deaf or have some degree of hearing loss. The greatest percentages of hearing impaired persons that comprise the deaf community are seniors that are 75-years-old and over. They account for 47% of all cases of deafness and hearing impairment. Of the children born deaf, nine out of 10 have hearing parents. 

      I hope the material you purchased helped guide you in regards to learning sign language. On my site Gleny, I offer some fantastic cd’s on baby sign language, if you’re interested in learning more.

  • What a great source of information for those with deaf or hard of hearing children. I think everyone should learn a little bit of sign language. There are so many people and youngsters today who are hearing impaired.
    Looking at the other end of the spectrum, many of the elderly are shut out of the their families’ lives because of deafness. My Dad became very deaf as he aged. He was a very intelligent and knowledgable man but people seemed to perceive him as mentally disabled. This was just because he couldn’t hear them and could not communicate.
    If only sign language was learnt at school, we could comminicate with everyone, hearing impaired or not.
    Great article!

    • Thank you Ches for dropping in. Yes, partial hearing impairment or complete deafness affects us at all ages. I’ve always said before that parents of young children, regardless if the child’s impaired or not, should learn sign. (no less than the basics). Your story about your dad is similar to mine. They thought he was crazy. (why is it that’s the first thing others think?) He just had a hard time hearing others. I agree that this should be a prerequisite to students registering for other health related classes.  

  • Hi Ronald,

    Sign language is a subtle tool to let your baby know that you love him. Whether he’s deaf or not.

    My only son is now 13 years old and I wish I have learned lots of sign languages when he was still a baby and when he was growing up to forge more bonding for us.

    Very informative article.

    Marita

    • HI Marita. Glad you enjoyed my article. Yes, sign language is a tool parents should be armed with when their children are young. This new experience, regardless if the child is deaf or not, is also a great educational tool. A child learning sign would be better able to communicate with those in the non-hearing community, and enhance their social skills among others.

  • Thank you for your interesting post. Sign language has always fascinated me. In fact, I think it would benefits kids with perfect hearing ability too. For starters, it would open new lines of communication for them and also, they would appreciate the struggles of kids with a hearing impairment better.

    • Hi Annie, how are you. Thanks for commenting on this sensitive issue. Hearing loss is something no parent should deal with. Learning sign is a interesting thing and should be picked up by most learning institutions. I agree that when a hearing child learns sign, then a better world of communication opens up. 

      I agree that the only way anyone can understand is to walk in their shoes. See what it’s like. Feel what they feel. Only then will more appreciation be spread throughout the community and other areas. Thanks again for checking in with me.

  • I found your article very interesting and explained in a very easy to read manner – thank you. I agree with you – it is important not to smother!!! I didn’t realise it could be started at 8 months old – that is amazing. Keep you the great work – this will benefit many families across the country and keep up the great work

    • Thanks Justin for checking in and commenting. I try to lay my articles out in a fashion anyone could understand. When you don’t give a child the attention he or she deserves, then there will be issues on further developmental growth.

      Babies and toddlers are smarter than we think. I agree that you should never smother. Let them develop at their own rate. Personal growth is important. Young babies learn fast and can communicate surprisingly well. But all are different, and comprehend words at different paces. Thanks for commenting.

  • This is all very interesting. I especially enjoy reading the comments and learning about how parents know that their babies are deaf even if they cannot talk.

    I actually think that it is a good idea for babies who are not deaf to learn sign language. Apparently it helps them communicate their needs better and they end up happier.

    I really like your advice about parents being careful about the words that they teach children. It is so important that kids learn what is right rather than what is cute.

    • Hello my friend. Thank you for checking in with me. I’m glad to hear you found my article interesting, which should serve some value to others. All babies and toddlers are unique among themselves. Each child has their own personality.

      Just like when a baby is born into a family. Of course, all parents want a healthy and happy child. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Many infants are born into the world with some type of hearing issue; partial hearing loss or complete deafness.

      Most parents don’t even know their child is deaf until months later. Hearing milestones that should be reached in the first year of life include: Most newborns startle or “jump” to sudden loud noises. By 3 months, a baby usually recognize a parents voice. By 6 months, babies can usually turn their eyes or head toward a sound. By 12 months, babies can usually imitate some sounds. Learning sign, as they age through the years, is ‘key.’

      As they grow older and through special education, they’ll have no problem communicating with a ‘hearing public.’

  • Thank you for the helpful article. It helped to clear my doubts and worries. I have a son with mild hearing loss. He is 9 years old and we just recently found it out due to bad success at school. It turned out he has had this problem since his birth and most likely it happened during the delivery. Without doubt, this was a shock and I questioned myself a lot (exactly the things you have mentioned in your article). But then I understood that I need to focus on him and his needs now as hearing loss can’t be treated and it is not possible to undo it. The only thing to do is to cope with it and accept as it is. Fortunately, there are very professional hearing aids nowadays.
    I really liked the video you have added to your article and I will definitely show it to his teacher. The suggestions in that video are helpful not only to a child with hearing problems but also for other children in the class. All of the backgrounds noises bother our hearing nerve and reduces the capability to focus on the teacher.

    • Hello Arta, thank you for checking in with me. I’m happy you found some value in my article and it was able to answer any questions you may have. Sorry to hear that your 9 year old son suffers with mild hearing loss. I know, as you mentioned, he has to be having a tough time in school. I’ve read about many other children’s hearing problems discovered in school. The first indication: the attention span isn’t there.

      It would first appear the child is acting out and ignoring his or her teacher, but that’s not intentionally done. I’m glad the issue was eventually caught and you were able to move forward from there.

      You pointed out that your son’s hearing problem came from birth. Sometime, the mother have complications during her pregnancy and sometime experience a difficult delivery. There are allergies and infections the mother can have that would filter down to the unborn fetus. I wrote another article that touches on this. Arta, read this: https://babydosign.com/causes-…  Let me know what you think. I also want to thank you for sharing this with others. Hopefully, they’ll gain additional knowledge on this crucial subject.

  • beautiful site.. visited your site and am like wow! there are lot of things to blog about. you talked about communicating with a deaf child. my question is if a child is deaf how are you able to deduce that, since as a little baby the child can neither talk nor interact?

    • Hello Onyi, how are you? Thank you so much for the visit and complimenting. In regards to your question, Parents exaggerate their facial expressions and provide their models in the direct line of vision of their deaf babies. The caregivers of both hearing children and deaf children are believed to reinforce their children’s early attempts at communication, thus encouraging further and more elaborate communication.

      A deaf baby, who presumably watch their parents use sign language at home, start their manual babbles before they are 10 months old, the same age … another regardless of whether language is conveyed through speaking, hand-sign or presumably any other method of communication.

      Onyl, It’s also been noted that just as hearing parents reinforce the babbling of their children by talking back to them and turning their babbling into true words, i.e. “dadadada”….Daddy,” so do the deaf parents of deaf children, by reinforcing their attempts at gestures by forming signs. I must add that it also depends on the child themselves and how fast they learn. Every child is different!

  • Hello,
    Greetings…
    I am really glad to have this type of blog first time in my life. I am a father too and I have 3 yrs son. I can’t have that much idea for having an abnormal child but I somehow feel many times about this fact from parenting recognition point of view.

    What I can suggest to all parents that accept your child in all manner whether in normal or abnormal, bcz they are God gifted. I know by telling this thing doesn’t let you feel the pain towards any child falling into those categories.

    But I wanna encourage those parents to accept that God Gift and encourage their child whether normal or abnormal, in all aspects for best future growth. Because If they will be strong, then automatically children will be strong.

    I would like to have more info from you regarding this further also.

    Cheers,
    SR Affiliate
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    • Helo SR, thank you for checking in with me and commenting. I glad you enjoyed and found value in my site. With you having a young son who’s loved and normal, it’s hard to imagine what parents of children born with a hearing disability would go through. It’s a tough experience for any family to bare! (Think of all the care and special needs they have to prepare.)

      As you pointed out, all parents want a normal child, but still will love them no matter what. They love having the gift of a newborn child in the family, but if born with an ‘abnormality’, then the understanding should shift to, “Hey, this is the game of life. Now I have to play the hand that God has dealt me.”
      SR, I’ve written other post on this subject. You’ll like this one. Click on the link and let me know what you think: https://babydosign.com/teach-a-deaf-child-why-an-insensitive-hearing-public/

  • What a great post! I did not teach my children to sign, but I work with people with disabilities who, even if they are not deaf, use basic sign language to communicate. Babies learn to communicate earlier with their parents through sign, and people who aren’t able to use words to communicate with others also use sign language successfully. I am happy to see that this is gaining popularity.

    • Hi Melissa, thanks for checking and commenting. Glad you enjoyed it. It’s great when I see more and more parents teaching sign language to their children, Although their children may have no difficulties hearing whatsoever, just arming the child with the knowledge of signing with others is a great thing. if ever in the deaf community among other children, there will be no issues with communication.

      Like you said it all starts with the basics. Babies can learn to sign as early as six months, but many may have trouble with hand coordination.They lean at different speeds and levels. All babies are not alike.

      In regards to the popularity of signing, I agree that it’s a growing global thing and should be offered to students as a prerequisite. Which in turn; would give this skill a chance to be taught throughout our educational system.

  • I really love how knowledgeable you are on this topic! It definitely shows in the amount of information you have to offer as well. I do not know anyone who is deaf in my immediate family, but I do have a 6 month old son that I would love to teach sign language to!

    • Hi Sara, how are you? Thank you for checking in with me and commenting. This is a subject that touches many families around the globe. There is help that’s provided online where a person can seek more information, but I feel most sites doesn’t get thorough enough. 

      In addition to spending time in college studying hearing loss in America, I also worked around people were partially deaf. My dad suffered from this as well. I believe in doing hard research to provide my readers with as much info as I can. 

      You mentioned your interest in learning sign language to teach to your 6 month old son. Studies have shown that some babies can learn simple signs as young as 6 months. But your baby may not have the hand control to be able to sign back to you until he’s 8 or 9 months old. You can start teaching signs to your baby when you think he’s ready – even if she can’t sign back yet.

      Sarah, I strongly recommend this tool to help you get started. This has helped many others. Click on this ink and let me know how it goes: https://babydosign.com/sign-wi

  • Its such a good idea to teach them from an early age. Kids are far more receptive to picking up new skills than adults. Sign language is great for communication even if you do not need to use it. I also think it may make the child have more empathy.

    • Hi Archrove and thanks for dropping by. I’m glad you found some value in my article. I try to be as detailed as I could when it comes to this touchy and critical subject. I’ve stated before that parents should take up these signing skills to teach among their children. To go a step further, educators should be required to tech this to their young students.

      When a young person starts school, as a parent, you always want the best for your child. I think it would be great for instructor’s to start slow with children, as they advance to higher grades, then teachers should increase what’s being taught to them.

      You know Archrove, what would really be a great thing is when hearing and non-hearing students can communicate with each other within the community and really understand one another, with little or no problems. Again, more specialized education among educators is needed. This should also be a pre-requisite instilled within college courses for interested students. 

      Thanks again Archrove for stopping by. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

  • Oh how I wish I had done this with my three daughters. Now they’re teenagers and my 13 year old is advocating for signing in schools. I can imagine how much empowerment a child can experience if they are taught to sign as a baby. Thank you for this informative and encouraging post!

    • Hello Randene and thank you for commenting. Sign language has been around for a long time and lately, it’s been an important factor for young children to be taught this skill. Some parents, who have acquired this skill, start teaching their children, hearing and non-hearing, sign language as young as 2 years old.

      These actions from parents do make sense because as children age, they’re better to communicate with deaf children in the non-hearing community. This is important regarding the educational growth in a child. More schools in selected cities, are adding this into their curriculum for interested students to learn.

      Thank you again, my friend for stopping by. Please share this post with others. Also, let me know if I can do anything else for you or if you have additional question. 

  • Your article about communicating in sign language is very informative. To teach sign language as early as the toddler years is very important for the development of speech because it aids in better understanding the context of words. Is Sign Language the same as Makaton Signing? I have used Makaton Signing to my son who has ASD when he was little as an aid to communicating with him. I used it everytime I spoke to him to aid his understanding of the spoken word. It’s a wonderful and useful tool.

    • Hello DELJAR and thanks for dropping by. First and foremost, I’m happy that you found my site informative and can be used to help others. I’ve always stated that parents should learn the art of signing to better help communicate with others in the deaf community. Toddlers are smarter than you think we it comes down to comprehending data.

      Using sign language vs. the Makaton technique is generally about the same. The Makaton Language Programme uses a multimodal approach to teach language and literacy skills, through a combination of speech, signs, and graphic symbols used concurrently, or, only with speech with signs, or, only with speech with graphic symbols as appropriate for the student’s needs.

      Bottom line: regardless of what’s used, the end results should be the same; satisfied success. I’m very glad to hear that the tool you used to communicate with your son, got the job done and everyone was happy.

      Thanks again DELJAR for stopping by. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.

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