LIstening and Spoken Language
Thanks to today’s advances in hearing technology for infants and young children, families can be confident that their child can develop listening and spoken language. A few factors are key to promote the success of this communication style including parental involvement, support from qualified professionals and early detection. Your child will be placed on a successful trajectory to acquire spoken language through a partnership between you and your child’s hearing team.
Early identification of the child’s type and degree of hearing loss
The fitting of hearing aids as soon as possible after the loss has been identified
Cochlear implants when appropriate and available
Consistent use of amplification throughout the child’s waking hours
Consistent and ongoing audiological management to ensure that the child has access to spoken language and environmental sounds
Guiding parents and caretakers in providing optimal hearing, listening and speech and language stimulation through positive play based interactions
Following the typical developmental sequences in listening, spoken language and literacy in the developing infant and child
Providing children with hearing loss with an inclusive education in the regular classroom environment when appropriate
There are professionals specially trained in working with a child and the family to support and coach them in developing listening and spoken language skills.
For more information on Listening and Spoken Language, you can visit AG BELL or HEARING FIRST.