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H E A R I N G  I M P A I R M E N T S

Major Concern #1

 

Children with hearing impairments may not understand directions or what others are trying to communicate.

 

Suggestion

 

Help children by modeling activities. Learn the action words associated with playing games and sports so you can help your child understand simple games. Teaching other children who play with your child simple stop and go signs is fun and will help others learn to communicate with your child. Expecting children with hearing impairments to always learn to adapt to their surroundings is important, but helping others understand basic communication is an important lesson for all. Keep in mind that children with hearing impairments learn from their parents and the only way they will learn is if you can communicate with them.

 

Major Concern #2

 

Balance is believed to be a problem for many children with hearing impairments.

 

Suggestion

 

Parents can facilitate balance it their children by having the child walk on lines, then small blocks of wood, and eventually a beam. Setting up obstacle course for a child is one suggestion. Keep in mind any fall from the height of a person’s knee or greater can result in injury and mats or soft play areas are needed. Play ground have many opportunities for children to engage in activities that require balance. Keep in mind that your child may not hear sounds that are warnings of danger such as another child walking up behind or playing at the bottom of a winding slide.

 

Major Concern #3

 

As children get older and more advanced sports are learned, children with hearing impairments may miss a lot of important strategic information about a game. This may make it hard to successfully play team sports.

 

Suggestion

 

Watch sports on TV with your child and help her understand strategies inherent in games such as a “give and go” in basketball. See the resource section for a resource on strategies and games with common strategies. You may have to spend time after your child has learned advanced skills, helping him learn when to use them and how in a game. Coaches may not be skilled at teaching strategies and may assume that all children will learn when to tag up in baseball on their own. Children with hearing impairments and those who lack experience may benefit from parents helping them understand game strategies.