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Maybe some kind of calming visual stimulation like one of those fisher price aquariums might do the trick?
09/05/2012 at 10:06
Just5 read other people's posts judging this person for being devistated her son is deaf! JEEEZ people calm down she was asking how to get him to sleep not for the third degree. I understand people with children with life threatening conditions would probably give their eye teeth to have their child just be deaf but still settle down. I can understand how hard it would be to come to terms with the fact your child will never hear music or your voice.
I think though what makes it sadder is people's intollerance and I am so proud my very healthy eldest daughter is so understanding because of her brother's intellectual disability. She always stands up for disabled children when they are picked on and also learning sign language even though no one in our family is deaf because a little boy in her class has bad cerebal palsy and can't speak so he uses sign language and she wanted to be able to know what he was saying to her. She has made goo friends with his carer and she helps her learn sign language in class breaks. I think she is an amazing child I tried to learn sign language and failed miserably for some reason I have trouble with other languages even sign language my brain just can't get around it but I am so happy to encourage Emily because people with disabilities do deserve to be like everyone else and if they were treated like everyone else the person who posted this thread would not have to be so sad her child is deaf. Now my son is 7 he is getting picked on in a main stream school and I am wondering if putting him in a main stream school was the right thing to do
10/11/2012 at 21:45
hi sorry to hear of ur sons deafness my son is now 2 and he has had hearinf aids and they didnt help him he was the same and took us ages to get him in to a retain we had to try and sign to him that it was bed time and feeding time and stuff and now he has to waer the implants on both his ears its hard work and can be very upseting as he has now started to get in to the habbit of banging his head off the floor its hard but u just need to keep at it and be paient and it will all come in time
01/10/2013 at 04:45
First of all, I can understand for many parents especially those with no experience with deaf people, it can be a huge shock to discover your precious little one is deaf or will not have "normal" hearing. It is definitely a huge adjustment and a life long one. It can be also very confusing for a parent with a deaf newborn with all kinds of advice coming at you from different directions.
All parents want what's for their children so keep in mind language development is very important for success in their adult lives. Now disclaimer about myself - I am Deaf myself and my parents are hearing. Someone said earlier in this thread their baby is profoundly deaf at 60 dB. That's nothing, I'm at 112 and 113 dB myself meaning I never heard a sound in my life. My masters degree is related to language development so what I am about to say is based on sound research, not bunch of myth and spectulations.
i really can't stress how beneficial it will be for you and your family to take time to learn sign language. American Sign Language (ASL) is ideal but most of you likely will wind up using what we call "Pidgin Sign Language" which is not a language technically, it's more of ASL signs used in spoken English grammatical order instead of using ASL syntax. The main thing is that parents and siblings are able to communicate with their deaf loved one. With a language foundation, you will be able to communicate, share information, teach your deaf child. It is also a path to developing a nurturing and positive relationship with your child. With that said, it won't be easy and will require a significant investment of your time and energy. There are way more things you can do but I will not go into those unless there is an interest.
I am sure some of you are like but what about hearing or speaking? Each deaf child is unique. A very small number will be able to learn how to speak without ASL support. Very small and I strongly recommend do not gamble your child will be among that minority. A good number of deaf children will be able to acquire speech with ASL support although not all will be able to speak fluently and many will have that funny "accent." Some simply will not speak at all. I am one of those, I can say some words but I definitely can't speak well at all. Keep in mind I have a masters from University of CA San Diego, hold a fulltime job, and own a house. So it is not end of everything. Anyway, keep in mind English is primarily an oral language, not written language so you cannot really pick up English primarily by reading and writing. You need phonetics and deaf children can pick up phonetics if they have a language foundation in a language accessible to them which is ASL for most of them. Again, this is from decades of research.
What about hearing aids and cochlear implants? Well, naturally I have my own opinion which I will not go into here. Some deaf children do benefit from those although you probably want to keep in mind cochlear implant surgery is very invasive, does not guarantee anything, many individuals have gotten infections, some developed facial paralysis from nerve damage, and in rare cases there have been deaths. A director of the cochlear implant clinic at a children's hospital in San Diego told me even after rigorous screening of deaf children, 82% did not benefit from their cochlear implants.
Basically what I want readers to take away from this is regardless of what you do re: hearing aids, cochlear implants, and or speech therapy, invest into using ASL. It will pay off dividends even although if your child happens to be one of those very few ones who can learn how to speak on their own. There are many benef
24/07/2014 at 22:42
I am a first time mom to a 4 month old daughter that was diagnosed with moderate/severe deafness. I understand each person deals differently when faced with a challenge, but for my husband and I, there was not one second of a pity party, not one tear shed out of sadness. We went into action mode immediately and, within 8 days of her diagnosis, she was fitted with hearing aids. I don't know yet whether she will learn sign language, but I am all for it and would enthusiastically learn it along with her. We are a French-American couple moving to Spain next month and so it definitely adds a few extra challenges in the language and speech acquisition department. But hey that is life.
27/12/2015 at 03:30
My baby is having a mild and moderate.. The ent suggest to put hearing aid i dont know what do... My husband and i are normal and no one to us both side have a hearing problem. Can someone help me..?
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