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Hearing Impaired 7 year old

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:10 am
by Tricia
Hi there,

This child has had a severe hearing impairment which is now mild. Her reading and her speech are both very delayed and her mum is wondering how to help her.

My gut feeling is to use her hearing and her her lip-reading ability to associate sounds with symbols and continue as you would with a hearing child but I wanted to run that past the experts with this age group.

Does anyone here have experience using "all through the word" phonics with a child with similar needs?

Her mum is trained in ThatReadingThing so understands the principles and is excited about how they might help her daughter catch up with her peers.

Any help much appreciated!

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:45 pm
by kenm
Relevant information that an expert (probably not me) will find useful.

1 How old is she now?

2 How bad was her impairment?

3 When was her hearing improved (how might be interesting also)?

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:59 pm
by kenm
There is a Wikipedia article about language acquisition.* What I have not yet discovered is whether there is a critical or optimal period for easy acquisition of grammar and, if so, whether it is later in infants whose initial deafness is corrected.

Posted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:27 am
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Frances5 - thank you for this link.

I think many people should find it very interesting and very easy to read and understand. :grin:

Posted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 5:55 am
by Tricia
Thank you Frances. I'll pass this information onto her mum.