Hearing loss has become one of the major birth defects in children and it has been noticed that children with untreated hearing loss are likely to experience delayed language, speech development, communication and even mathematical skills. Due to which these hard of hearing children have to face the problem of isolation, low self-esteem, learning difficulties and behavioral problems not only in their society, but in their schools as well.
Hearing loss can affect serious issues in child’s development if not treated at right time while on the other hand the early diagnosis will influence the less serious effects in the child’s growth. If your child is also suffering from hearing loss, you should waste a single moment in the treatment as early intervention can be a leading factor to help your child grow up normally. Though, being a parent of a deaf child it can be a quite challenging task for you to take proper care of your deaf child, but if you are providing him necessary help and support, your child will be able to attend mainstream schools, communicate with their teachers and classmates, make new friends, live his life with full zeal and feel confident in the outer world. Being, a parent of a hard of hearing child, it is your responsibility to take proper decisions of your child’s life.
Of course raising a deaf child is not an easy task as for parents as they have to face a diverse range of experiences throughout their life. Sometimes they are lucky enough to accomplish successes and surprises and sometimes, they have to suffer several bitter truths, disappointments and more stress. Often, parents look for some kind of support with whom they can share their worries, frustrations, sadness and confusion. Luckily, the parents who are looking for some support for their deaf child, they can get help from number of resources and support networks which are available for these children who provide needed care and support to their hearing-impaired child. These communities provide a supportive and nurturing environment to encourage hard of hearing children to communicate and interact with the outer world.
Parents of deaf children have to make several important decisions such as in which school they should send them, whether or not teach them sign languages, which Hidden hearing aids or cochlear implants should be given to them and these types of decisions may be hard to take. However, these types of decisions can be much easier to make after speaking with other parents. Today a parent of a newly diagnosed deaf child can easily find a parent support group in their area where they can share their experiences, problems and awareness regarding hearing loss as these groups provide a great way of exchanging ideas and thoughts between parents. Parents should be able to acquire some sort of encouragement to face some of the challenges of raising their deaf child. By discussing your thoughts and sharing your experiences, you could significantly help other parents to reduce their stress levels and even change their life. It is wonderful that we can all be there for each other.
Along with taking the aid of these hearing health communities, parents should also make sure that it is important to build their child’s self-confidence, zeal towards their work and most important to learn them how to deal with complicated situations. This applies to all parents having deaf children. There are several ways through which parents can boost up their child’s self-confidence and one of the easiest ways to do this is to support his or her passion. Parents should support them in whatever they want to do as it will be the best way to make their deaf children happy and engaged. If your child loves dance, outdoor activities, horse riding, soccer, music, gymnastics or another activity, you should allow them to do as it will help them build their confidence. In this way, with proper care and support, parents of deaf children can help them in their difficult situations and obtaining their goals and achievements.
By Mark Gorman