Role of Parents in Education of Hearing Impaired
Support for language acquisition and speech
The most important function which gets affected due to hearing loss is the natural language acquisition and speech. However language development is vital as it is the basis of communication. It is the most important factor in the all-round development of a child. It is the basis of most learning, not only in the formal aspects of education, but also in the development of character, emotional state and social relationship of the children. The questions are ‘who should develop language and how it should be taught to the children’.
Parents of a hearing impaired child may therefore interact and talk to him as naturally as they would do with hearing children. They should remember
- Ensure hearing aids are used by the child.
- See to it that the hearing aids are functioning optimally.
- Talk to the child most naturally preferably in a slightly slower manner ensuring that the child is looking at you.
- Consciously label the things around him.
- Converse on all the incidents and activities going around him.
Throughout the day there are plenty of ideal moments to give a hearing impaired child an opportunity to acquire language, these are: getting up, washing, bathing, dressing, undressing, cooking time, meal time, going out to the market garden or zoo, visiting friends, playing, going to bed etc.. These are the times when the phrases used have real meaning and so the parents could help develop vocabulary, meaningful language structures and communication skills in the hearing impaired child.
Toys and books are the most interesting things which would help parents to initiate conversation and also to provide language to the gestures the child uses while playing and browsing through the books.