Skills for parents to communicate with children with hearing loss

Parents and children need to communicate from time to time, and children get education from their parents.This kind of communication must use language.After the child is deaf, why can’t we communicate with them?From the perspective of the development of language ability, you must first let your child understand what you are talking about.To do this, deaf children can not only make full use of the residual hearing sound, but also train them to see the changes in mouth shape. Therefore, in daily life, you have to talk to him constantly. Here are a few principles:

Before starting the conversation, make sure that the child is fully focused.Otherwise they might miss the first few words you said.

Grasp your child’s sight and stop everything on your hands when you are about to talk to your child. This sudden stop will attract his attention, and slowly he will know that you are ready to talk to him.In addition, every time your child looks at your gaze, he knows that he has to pay attention to observation. From then on, the wandering gaze becomes a purposeful gaze, and the mouth becomes a word.

Make sure that the children can hear your face clearly.Try not to cover your face with your hands, hair or other objects.The child must be able to see your lips clearly, and the child should be as clear as possible whether the distance between your mouth and his face is appropriate.Among them, light is the most important. It is best if your face is facing the light, and don’t let the light dazzle the child’s eyes. The distance is between 0.58~1.5m.

When speaking, maintain a normal speaking speed and articulate clearly.Speaking too fast or too slowly will make it difficult for children to understand.Even for children who rely on lip reading to see the shape of their mouths, it is difficult to understand.

When changing the topic, be sure to let the children know in advance.Otherwise they will misunderstand your meaning and cause confusion.When changing the topic, repeat the topic repeatedly.

Don’t speak too loudly, as this will cause changes in your mouth shape.Moreover, for children who use hearing aids, sudden loud noises can also frighten children.

Pay attention to your own clothes. Clothes or patterns that are too bright will distract children.

Free your hands and use appropriate gestures when you speak.

Long conversations can make children feel tired and irritable.Use more short sentences, and explain clearly in advance some new words or technical language.

Can’t dictate.Because it is difficult for deaf children to have both listening and writing at the same time, this is also used when watching videos or slides.When they lower their heads to write, they miss what you are saying.

Give the child some rewards in time.In order for a child to be interested in watching the mouth, in addition to what you say must be related to what he is interested in at the time, he must also give an encouraging answer to his gaze.Such children may be accustomed to observing things earlier.You should respond to any expression of your child. You should take the initiative to look for his eyes, say something and do something to answer him, even if it is a kind and encouraging look.

Tips:If you find that your child has hearing problems, please take your child to a formal medical institution or hearing aid fitting center for a comprehensive hearing test.If necessary, please wear it as soon as possible Hearing aid , Because the auditory nerve will “use in and out of retreat.”In addition, wearing hearing aids early can obtain speech and sound stimulation in time, protect residual hearing, improve hearing sensitivity, and gradually restore degraded hearing function.

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