Help for Parents of Children With Hearing Loss
How to Get Support
The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says children with hearing loss are entitled to help and education from the time they're born through their school years. Early help can teach your child how to communicate through speech, or signing, or a mix of both.
If your child needs ongoing help in school, work with his administrators to see how he can get it. As he grows, it's likely that his education program will need to adjust. Stay in touch with his teachers and other school professionals to figure out what he needs.
With early treatment and support, children with hearing loss are more likely to learn to communicate and to participate in school and other activities.
Here are a few things you can do to help your child -- and yourself:
Get educated. Web sites, as well as government and nonprofit groups, can help you keep up with the latest research.
Communicate. Connect with support groups and online chat communities for parents of children with hearing loss. They know what you’re going through and can give you a lot of information, advice, and understanding.
Stay in touch with your child. Some children with hearing loss feel isolated from other kids their age. But early treatment and hearing aids can reduce the chances they’ll feel alone.
Take care of yourself and your other relationships. Getting help for children can take a lot of time. But don't forget about your own well-being or other people in your life. Make time for your spouse or partner, stay in touch with friends, and do things you enjoy.