Communication Methods During Child Aural/Audiologic Habilitation
In a previous article we discussed how a child could undergo Aural/Audiologic Habilitation to help him/her better deal with hearing loss. During this habilitation there are many different communication methods taught to help improve the child’s communication skills.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), “early detection of hearing loss and early use of hearing aids or cochlear implants are critical for the development of speech, language, and communication skills in children with hearing loss.” During habilitation the child is given an assistive device such as a hearing aid, as they go through a variety of treatments.
One of the treatments deals with helping the child correctly use the hearing aid provided to better understand speech. If the child is very young, parents are taught how to care and use the equipment. As the child gets older the responsibility lies on him/her. ASHA states that one of the first things a child learns is to be aware of the sounds in his/her home environment.
The treatment also helps a child learn about cued speech or cued language, which uses different hand shapes to help with lip-reading. If the hearing damage is severe he may also learn about American Sign Language (ASL).
For more information contact your local Miami Hearing Center, where an audiologist will guide you through Audiologic Habilitation.