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Growing Up with Hearing Loss: New Resources for Babies and Toddlers

Growing Up with Hearing Loss: New Resources for Babies and Toddlers

Fri May 10, 2019 09:40 AMBy Clint McLean

We’ve renamed our popular Transitions Management resource Growing Up with Hearing Loss and updated it with a new chapter for ages 0-3.

Growing Up with Hearing Loss focuses on the significant times of change in the life of a child with hearing loss. The platform provides insight into new environments, social needs, and the new skills needed in ages 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12, 12-18 and 18+. Each chapter is based on a developmental stage, making it easy to recommend only the most relevant content to your client.

The new chapter of the resource deals with the first three years of a child’s life. From ages 0-3, babies and toddlers are becoming increasingly aware of their environment and acquiring the building blocks to develop language, emotions, social skills and learning abilities. Parents meanwhile, are learning what their child needs to thrive. Growing Up with Hearing Loss 0-3 is a useful resource to help parents recognize the changes and challenges of their baby or toddler and provides suggestions to help them support the child’s development.

The platform, which was developed by an international team of audiologists and educators, is broken into three sections for each stage. Eileen Rall, audiologist and clinical coordinator at the Center for Childhood Communication at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, helped develop the resource and explains, “In Be Inspired by Others, parents can view short videos from veteran families sharing their experiences. Am I Ready? prompts parents to think about what they know and how they feel and offers suggestions for what could be discussed with their hearing care providers. Finally, the Develop New Skills section includes a number of ideas that audiologists or other team members provide for families to promote healthy development.”

For more information, insights and advice from Growing Up with Hearing Loss, visit the resource.