By the time hearing children attend pre-school they have more interactions with other children than they do with adults. – Learning Language and Loving it, by Elaine Weitzman.
Development of social interaction with others can be a challenge for primary aged children with cochlear implants. Click on the key areas below to find out more about how you can support the child.
Promoting a child’s language development can be a challenge but also is wonderfully rewarding. Even if a child’s language seems to be “taking off” well naturally, adults can still to help accelerate progress.
Remember you are not alone!
Think of the other agencies that may or could be involved in supporting your child or the child you work with. What are their roles?
Many children in with cochlear implants will have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) from the local authority. An EHCP records the child’s special needs and identifies support and adjustments that will be needed in the child’s educational setting.
Liaison (often by home school books) enables the parent to know the language being focussed on in class and to prepare/go back over it/build upon it, reinforcing it for the child through repetition, using library books and out of school opportunities. For example when a parent knew the class topic was going to be World War II, one parent took their child to the War museum and made black out blinds for the child in her bedroom.
- What are the communication options for a child with a cochlear implant?
- What factors are important to consider in the early stages after implantation?
- How to support a child with a cochlear implant with language development in primary school.
- Understanding the importance of social interaction.
- What resources are available to support primary school staff.