Deaf in One Ear, School Children
Deaf in One Ear Concerns
Many parents find out sometimes right away or sometimes after the child is three or four years old that there is a problem. The child is diagnosed with being deaf in one ear. This is a concern but it is very manageable. Children are very observant by nature so this is helpful, they are naturally inquisitive so if they are in an environment that encourages questions, they will flourish. Many concerns parents face, is will my child be able to keep up? Will he/she be able to participate like the other children? Will he/she need special education? Is there something I should do? etc...
These are all understandable questions, especially in todays public school system, where overcrowding is problem. Too many students and not enough teachers. Which means an inability for the teachers to give very much one on one time to the students.
The good news is that with knowledge of the situation, teachers and parents can come up with a plan to best help the child gain the advantange to succeed.
Tackleing Speech Problems
Deafness in One ear is usually something many children can compensate for through time and sometimes parents aren't even aware there is a problem for some time, because the child has learned how to cypher what is being said, even when it is hard to understand. But there are some children who may have issues with speech, because of the deafness. They may have trouble sounding out words properly. They may revert back to baby talk, toddler talk because it is easier and they feel that it is sufficient as long as the can get what they want. But as long as they have good hearing in one ear they should be able to correct these speech problem.
Which is one good thing about public school system, they all have Speech therapy in place to deal with such issues.
So If your child has any kind of speech problems that don't seem to be getting better, ask about speech therapy in their school. These therapy sessions happen during the school hours and many times they try to incorporate their regular lessons into the therapy session.
Educating the Teacher
Many times it is only necessary to inform the teachers of the impairment to get good results. Parents and teacher can figure out the best plan to help you child excel in school. The best tactics are, having the child sit in the first role of the classroom. Avoiding seats where noisy objects might be, such window air conditioners.
Teachers can make sure the class is quiet before she begins the lessons. Having the child participate as much as possible, to keep him/her engaged in the classwork. Because participation equals heightened awareness, and mental sharpness. When this happens all our senses are sharper.
Teachers can give several alternatives to classwork, or homework. Such as when she assigns homework, she not only needs to say the subject, page number, and what is expected in the homework, but she needs to write it down on the blackboard. Or handout worksheets, anything that gives the child several pieces of input for the same information.
Parents need to be active in the child's school work, help with homework. Ask the child about their day. Ask the child what homework they have and how did the teacher give them this homework. Make the child aware of the different ways they can find out what their homework is. Since these children are hearing impaired, speaking , or saying things over and over again are good ways to help them remember things. For example, When learning math skills it is not only good to write the problem down, but verbalize the problem say the actual words with them, help them count it out, add, subtract etc. This is very useful early on and it becomes easier later on for the child to be able to say it to themselves in there head, to help work out problems.
Reading aloud is an excellent way to have children engage in the classroom and at home. The more they read the better they get. And better reading leads to being able to retain and understand what was read.
Music helps children learn
Deaf in One Ear, Musically inclined
It is very possible that these children if given the chance, could be musically inclined. Music is sometimes tricky for children who are deaf in one ear. Remember music plus lyrics is sometimes hard to follow. Yet for this type of child it is a welcome challenge to figure out what is being said.
Music lessons may be very helpful for many reasons. One, it makes the child use their sense of hearing in a new way. Two, music is mathematical, another subliminal lesson in math.
All children like music, so having music lessons in whatever instrument of choice, or possibly voice lessons, will go far to boost moral. Even just a simple music class in school can be very useful for the child engaging in school activities.
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