Auditory Verbal Therapy: Part VI
Guide and coach parents to help their child integrate listening and spoken language into all aspects of the child's life.
Children born with hearing loss, especially if it is amplified late, are not natural listeners. It needs to become a habit. And habits can be taught! Parents need to learn how to take advantage of everyday listening moments and capitalize on them. For example, the mom and baby are playing with blocks and the doorbell rings. She could just get up and go answer the door, but she would be missing out on a great learning opportunity. Mom should sit up straight and announce, "I heard something!" and point to her ear. She is teaching the child to notice sounds as they occur around her. She is also teaching her that sounds go through the ear/hearing aid/implant thus teaching the child the importance of the device that they wear and its connection with noises.