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Reading Together: Tips for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss or Deafness

By: Reach Out and Read
You'll find sharing books together is a great way to bond with your son or daughter and help your child's development at the same time. Give your child a great gift that will last for life — the love of books.

Infants and toddlers

Helping your child love books

You'll find sharing books together is a great way to bond with your son or daughter and help your child's development at the same time. Give your child a great gift that will last for life — the love of books.

Hearing loss ranges from partial to total deafness. Some children can hear better with a hearing aid, cochlear implant, or FM system. Others cannot. Hearing loss may last only a short time, or it may never go away. Some children are born with hearing loss. Others develop it later in life. These factors affect the challenges your child will face in learning to read.

Tips for reading with your infant or toddler

Each time you read to your child, you are helping her brain to develop. So read to your child every day. Choose books that you think your child will enjoy. Books that rhyme or repeat the same sound are good for helping your child learn the sounds letters and words make.

Since younger children have short attention spans, try reading for a few minutes at a time at first. Then build up the time you read together. Your child will soon see reading time as fun time!

Here are some things you can try:

  • Read the same story again and again. This will help your child catch words he may have missed before. Explain the story as needed.
  • Make sure your child can see your face and the pictures. This will help your child follow the story, even if he doesn't catch all the words.
  • Have your child turn pages, touch the pictures, and lift the flaps. This will give your child practice using his hands, which gets him ready to sign.
  • Use simple sign language as you read.

Suggested books for your infant

Choose board books with simple signs. Some titles include:

Suggested books for your toddler

Preschool and school-age children

Helping your preschooler or school-age child love books

When you read to your child often and combine reading time with cuddle and play time, your child will link books with fun times together. So continue to read to your child every day. Choose books that you think your child will enjoy and look fun for you to read.

Here are some things you can try:

  • Read the same story again and again. This will help your child catch words he may have missed before. Explain the story as needed.
  • Make sure your child can see your face and the pictures. This will help your child follow the story, even if he doesn't catch all the words.
  • Use stuffed animals to act out the story.
  • Continue to teach your child to sign.

Suggested books for your preschooler or school-age child

Books to help children and parents learn more about hearing loss

For children

For parents

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Nice read! Taking care of a child with hearing loss is always a challenge on many levels. Parents who have deaf or hard of hearing kids, they often have to face a unique set of obstacles. Teaching a hard of hearing child is not an easy task at all. Hidden Hearing specialists say that hearing plays an important role in child's life as it helps in social, emotional, and cognitive development. Hearing loss can affect the ability of child to speak and understand the language. No doubt hearing is an essential tool of learning, playing and developing social skills. Without hearing a child cannot imagine the surrounding world. Parents should help in their teaching to strong their vocabulary, development, learning and overall ability to communicate. It can definitely improve the hearing of hard of hearing child.

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