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Baby signing time empowered:
Your child may not hear too well, but are young infants and toddlers smarter than we think?
My neighbors children were as young as 6 months old when they start learning these simple skills. But their hand control may not have quite been there yet. The children may not have had the hand control to be able to repeat moves back to anyone until he or she is 8 or 9 months old. Although, they knew it would be a time-consuming task, they had a ‘good time signing’ with their child.
My neighbor friend started teaching these skills to their children when they thought they were ready – even if they can’t mimic back yet. But when baby signing time come in a way you’d feel satisfied, then you’ll know and accept it.
Here you’ll find a breakdown regarding hearing impaired babies and stages of development.
A Brainy Child
Children are a lot smarter about language than we thought, and can communicate in gestures. Toddlers also appear to be much more intellectually advanced.
Like with my neighbor’s family, It’s only natural that his wife wanted all her children healthy at birth with no medical concerns at all. Hearing issues should not hinder a child’s developmental growth in life.
The family was informed from medical professionals and other parents who’ve gone through this, that it is not an easy task if hearing issues arise. So it’s suggested they learn and teach their children sign language if need be.
It’s also brought to their attention that many kids are born with this type of disability.
Parent’s glow in the moment of any new addition to the family. Their only concern is their child’s development as he or she grows older through life. But in case something is wrong, there is help for parents of children with hearing loss or partial impairment.
You’ve noticed something’s not right with your child. You try speaking, he or she doesn’t acknowledge your presence; unless you are standing right in front of them (see hearing loss symptoms in children).
After weeks of concern, you take the child in for an evaluation. But just for precautions, you start looking into the importance of special needs for toddlers.
You’ll be amazed to learn that when you teach baby signs so early in their young lives, it’ll be much easier for them to adapt and communicate better among a hearing community.
After further review you come to find your child has partially hearing loss in both ears. The doctor informed you that some infants are unfortunately born this way.
The doctor also points out that educating yourself on early detection involving a child’s hearing issue is something that he recommends to all concerned parents.
An interpreter for the deaf using sign language
He then question about the family history, and as far as they know, the immediate family is fine.
My friend’s family also tell their doctor that they’re not sure of the hearing health of other distant relatives in your family tree.
So while in conference with the doctor, they have many questions.
At this point, they want to get the full understanding of this devastating disability that could possibly hit the family. The doctor also mention reading a report on hearing impairment: definitions, assessment management that can help further the understanding of certain words that may be puzzling.
My Past Story: Remembering Raymond
All this brings to mind back in late September 1960, when I was growing up on the west side of Chicago, (better known as the ‘Windy City’), we had a favorite family we’d visit two houses down in the next block.
Fall was here and a new school year had just begun.
Mr & Mrs. Robbins, I recall was the name. We knew them for years. Mr. & Mrs. Robbin’s and the kids appeared to be basically in good health; as far as I could tell.
They had three other daughters. The oldest brother was my best friend in school. Back during those times, I never took it seriously when some one had some type of disability.
I was just a young ignorant kid out having fun without a care in the world. No rent to pay. No bills to deal with.
The only thing I placed all my focus on was chasing the girls and seeing what I could get out of them.
But while in school I did have a best friend. My friend’s name was Raymond. He was cool and we got along just great. I got to know his sister’s as well.
But as our friendship grew, I started to notice something about Raymond that really irritated me.
Every time I spoke to Raymond, most of the time he ignores me. Hey, was he doing this on purpose or just playing around?
This is my best friend! What’s wrong with him? What in the world did I do?”
Later at home, I’d spoke with my mom about Raymond’s behavior. Sometimes he’d talk, other times he would not pay any attention to me.
I found out later Raymond was suffering from hearing loss and was very surprised (you can imagine how I felt; especially after the way he was teased called stupid.
Boy! I felt like kicking myself right in the butt. I didn’t know! To think, poor Raymond just couldn’t help himself.
You would think the teachers and other school staff members knew of Raymond’s condition, but I was never aware.
Families back during those times, (I’m talking about the late 50’s) didn’t have the money or any type of resources to help their child who were born with a hearing impairment.
My family didn’t have much either, but still tried to offer financial support to the Robbins family.
Now that I think back today, hospitals back then were not too knowledgeable in regards to treating hearing loss.
I don’t believe they had any good, qualified men or women who specialized in this field. Parents searching for treatment for their baby were not well-informed.
Not many teachers during this time were available. More classrooms specializing in hearing disabilities would have been very helpful back then.
So in conclusion to Raymond’s story, it makes us feel lucky that with today’s advanced early hearing detection and universal screening regarding symptoms of hearing loss, we’re able to offer hearing impaired children a better quality of life.
What’s good now is the fact that a person can take courses specializing in this particular field and attend any of the listed schools offered in your state. Even your local community college may offer this in their school curriculum.
People that just can’t afford college classes can now apply for a federal grant and start educating themselves.
Many Helpful Teaching/Learning Tools
There are other helpful tools and material offered online. Some in the form of books, games, flashcards and websites such as special needs fact sheet on hearing impairment that you can use to help through the training process.
Most Babies Learn Through Interaction
Let it be known that a child with a hearing impairment can be taught to communicate through body and facial motion, but not all will learn to speak clearly. Some children learn to lip-read well, while others never fully mastered the skill. Some at a much slower pace than others.
Now you just have to pay a little more attention. Just as learning to crawl is so exciting that it inspires young children to learn to walk.
As far as not being able to hear, the young child is still too young to realize why the world that surrounds him or her is silent. The only comforting thing is knowing you’re there.
It’s also worth noting that music, songs and chants are a perfect medium for helping children develop vocabulary and strong language skills. It’s easy to understand, therefore, how songs can be a useful way to practice and reinforce communication as well.
If you enjoy singing with your disabled child, you can sing and motion in baby signing time, during your daily communicating activities.
So remember, a loving bond between a parent and their hearing impaired child is the greatest feat a parent could ever accomplish.
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