Three Ways a Speech Therapist Can Help a Child with Hearing Loss

Toddler With HeadphonesDid you know that speech-language pathologists help children with hearing impairment? Difficulty hearing can create a range of communication issues, including disruptions to learning speech and language. However, a combination of early detection, use of amplification (i.e., a hearing aid), and speech therapy can make a huge difference in a child’s ability to develop effective communication. Take a look at a few of the ways a speech-language pathologist can help a child with hearing loss:

Auditory Perception Training: One of the first steps to effectively understanding and producing speech is improving auditory perception. A speech-language pathologist can help a child increase their awareness of different speech sounds, including how to identify them, and tell similar sounds apart. The goal of this training is to help the child use any remaining hearing to distinguish different words form one another.

Speech Skills: When a child can’t hear the full auditory signal of speech, it often produces issues in their own speech. Speech therapy for children with auditory impairment often focuses on the clear production of different speech sounds, volume control, and using different speech rhythms and tones.

Classroom Modifications: School-aged children with hearing loss are at risk of falling behind academically if their auditory issues are not properly addressed. A speech-language pathologist can coordinate with the child’s classroom teacher to make sure the child is able to fully access the curriculum. This might involve placement in the classroom (e.g., sitting in the front to maximize access to the teacher’s voice), making sure the teacher orients themselves so that the child can see their face when speaking, or being aware of a child’s particular hearing impairment profile (e.g., they hear better out of one ear or they have particular difficulty in the presence of noise).

Check in with us again next week when we’ll discuss some more ways a speech-language pathologist can make a difference in the life of a child with hearing impairment!

If you have any questions or would like to know more about speech-language therapy, give us a call at (212) 308-7725 or send an e-mail to jayne@speechassociatesofny.com. I’d be happy to chat and answer any questions you may have.

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Source: http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/child_aur_rehab.htm

 

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