Besides lots of patience, love and reassurance, it’s important to raise your child like a hearing child as much as possible. They need responsibilities within the family; to be on equal terms with their siblings; and they need the freedom to participate in activities without you.
The healthy development of skills and social competencies depends on us experiencing both successes and failures in life, and not least receiving the support to handle them, so that we can learn from them. Many parents of children with hearing loss find it difficult to maintain a balance between protecting and expecting. It is very important to prepare the child for the real world by setting a good example and making fair demands. Children need to become strong, independent, self-reliant adults – despite a physical impairment.
An important part of raising a child with hearing loss is also engaging them to take responsibility for managing their hearing loss by themselves, because this is key to motivating them to wear their hearing aids. One example could be to make them understand why they are wearing hearing aids and involve them in how hearing aids work.
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