Services for Deaf People in a Rural Setting: Issues and Recommendations for Parents

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What do you do?

Helpful Hints

Remember:
You are not alone
Impaired hearing is relatively common among children.
Impaired hearing is not a disaster.

1. Causes of deafness

Remember:
Illness, both during pregnancy and childhood years can cause deafness.
When pregnant always check with a doctor before taking medicine.
Do not put things in your ears, even to clean them.

2. Is your child hearing impaired?

Questions to ask

Basic tests

Remember:
Simple games could suggest if your child is hearing impaired.

3. My child doesn't seem to hear, what should I do?

Meet the right people

You should visit at least one of the following people:

Let the specialist assess your child

Remember:
Give correct information, even if questions seem personal.
Meeting the right people is important.
A specialist should diagnose your child's hearing loss/deafness.

4. What if my child is permanently hearing impaired?

Communication

Speech is not the only form of communication.
Y our child could use speech, signs or a combination.

Developing Language & Communication Skills

5. A child with hearing aids

What does a hearing aid do?

What should I do?

* You must teach your child to listen with the hearing aids. * You are responsible to help your child listen and learn differences between sounds. * Ensure your child wears his/her hearing aid during waking hours. * Talk with your child face to face as often as possible: while feeding, washing, etc. * You could also communicate in sign. * Play with your child - read stories to him/her.

Remember:
Create sounds that will help your child to listen.
It's okay to talk to your deaf baby/child.
All parents talk with their children.

How do you know if the aid is working

Remember:
Make sure the hearing aid is in full working order.
Make use of all opportunities to communicate with your child.

6. What if my child doesn't have hearing aids?

Why not hearing aids?

There can be several reasons for a hearing impaired/deaf child not having hearing aids:

Where can I learn signs?

Remember:
You don't have to be a Sign Language expert to communicate with your child. Don't be disappointed if your child does not react quickly. It's a long process, but every time you talk/sign with your child he/she is learning something.

7. Where can I find more information?

You can ask:

How can they help?

8. Is this all I should do?

This list is not exhaustive, it is simply to give you some helpful hints. Experiment and see what works best for you. Don't forget, with your support, your deaf or hearing impaired child can achieve a lot.

Your child can learn to communicate.
Your deaf child can learn to do most jobs.
Your child can become an independent adult.

Impaired hearing is relatively common among children.
Your deaf child can learn to do most jobs.
Impaired hearing is not a disaster.
A specialist should diagnose your child.
You are not alone.
It's a long process, but every time you talk/sign with your child he/she is learning something.
Do not put things in your ears, even to clean them. When pregnant always check with a doctor before taking medicine.
You don't have to be a Sign Language expert to communicate with your child.
Make sure the hearing aid is in working order.
Your deaf child can learn to communicate.
Create sounds that will help your child to listen.
Meeting the right people is important.
Give correct information, even if questions seem personal.
Illness during pregnancy and childhood years can cause deafness.
Don't be disappointed if your child does not react quickly.
All parents talk with their children.
Speech is not the only form of communication.
Simple games could suggest if your child is hearing impaired.
It's okay to talk to your deaf baby/child.
Make sure of all opportunities to communicate with your child.
Your deaf child can become an independent adult.

Initiative for Deaf Education in the Third World, India, 1994

Issues and Recommendations for Interpreters
Issues and Recommendations for Sign Language
Issues and Recommendations for Teachers

 

Reference:
Title: Services for Deaf People in a Rural Setting: Issues and recommendations for parents
Publisher: Initiative for Deaf Education in the Third World
Date: 1994