How to Assist Children with Hearing Difficulties

Children with hearing difficulties have problems understanding or hearing sounds. They can also have problems with learning. The hearing loss can be unilateral (one ear) or bilateral (both ears).

Parents, teachers, and healthcare providers should work together to help children understand their situation and get the proper support and tools. Beware that different strategies may work for different children.

Here are the different ways how you can assist children with hearing difficulties:

Create a Good Listening Environment at Home or School

At home, you have to move close to your child. Then, ensure that both of you are away from noises before speaking, such as a heater, window, doors, stereo, television, or dishwasher. Does your child hear better with one ear? If yes, ensure that your child is closer to your before speaking.

When at school, ensure that your child sits close to where the teacher is and away from different noise sources, including pencil sharpener, trash, heater, door, or window. Your child should be close to the teacher if they can hear better with one ear.

Use Different Techniques to Improve Children’s Attention and Understanding 

You should get the child’s attention before taking, starting new activities, or giving instructions. You can try calling their name, using a word or signal you both agree on, flicking lights, or touching their shoulder.

You have to show the child who is talking and rephrase or repeat what they say. You can use different words they can easily understand rather than repeating the same statement or question. Only give them what they need to know by chunking the instructions into small pieces when giving them instructions.

Consider the Use of Hearing Assistance Technology 

Your child can use a hearing aid in different ways at home or in a classroom setting. You or their teachers can wear a microphone that directly emits a signal to the device, amplifying your or the teacher’s voice. 

If you have amplified a sound field system across a room at home or in school, you should also wear a microphone. This technology increases the measurement of how much louder your voice is than the background sound, known as the speech-to-noise decibel ratio.

Use Visual Cues 

You need to face your child and speak slowly and clearly. Ensure that you are standing still when talking. You should keep objects, such as books, hands, pens, or gum away from your face when talking.

Furthermore, you can encourage your child to watch the speaker’s facial expressions. You must ensure that the room lighting shines on the speaker’s face to prevent glaring behind them.

Conclusion 

If you address the special needs and provide the necessary support, you can help children with hearing difficulties communicate better with their environment. They also feel more motivated to express themselves and develop a sense of belonging. …

What Programs Can Be Helpful for Kids with Disabilities?

As a parent of a child with a disability, you want to ensure they get the most out of their education and other things that will help them grow strong, resilient, and confident.

Fortunately, plenty of programs are dedicated to kids with special needs further their development.

Remember that you are your kid’s most critical advocate. So, knowing their specific diagnosis, special education services, early intervention services, social security benefits, etc., are essential to support them best. So, here are the programs that can be helpful for children with disabilities:

Schools with IEP 

The school, public or private, is the first resource for helping children with special needs get the most of their abilities and gain access to quality education. The education representatives must create an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for these kids.

These representatives take into account the kids’ needs and challenges. They also create a plan to incorporate those needs and challenges into the school. If the school where your kid studies have IEP, you will have peace of mind knowing that the school takes good care of them.

Special Needs Scholarship Programs 

You can find several states that have developed funding programs. These programs are designed to help families having kids with disability relieve the burden of educational costs. For example, the state of Georgia offers a Special Needs Scholarship program.

The same programs also exist in other states. So, you can contact your local education department to know what scholarship programs are available in your state.

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program 

Families caring for children with disabilities find medical expenses the major burden. The good news is that several programs can help them cover those expenses.

For example, the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program is dedicated to helping people with disabilities and their families understand how healthcare coverage works. Then, the center will help them find resources that can cover their medical expenses. They are also knowledgeable about the healthcare system and health insurance.

Children’s Health Insurance Program

The Children’s Health Insurance Program offers comprehensive health coverage to people under 19 whose families’ incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford private insurance. This program is referred to by different names and varies by state.

In most cases, there is no asset limit. Some states charge a modest premium to those at the income spectrum’s higher end.

Opening Doors Program 

The US government provides programs dedicated to disseminating information and resources to kids with disabilities. For example, the Opening Doors program is designed for kids with hearing disabilities. The program provides up-to-date information about the services and technology resources to help these kids cope up with communication difficulties.

Conclusion 

There are other programs available for kids with special needs, depending on the state where you live, in addition to the programs mentioned above. You can contact local disability groups or the Department of Health and Human Services’ information centers to see the programs available in your place.…

How to Assist Teens with Mental Health Issues

Are you concerned about your teen’s mental health? Don’t worry; there are plenty of support options dedicated to teens with mental health issues.

Good mental health is critical for teenage development, resilience, and strong relationships. Remember that loving and strong relationships. However, more and more teens are experiencing anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

Remember that mental health is as important as physical health. If your child suffers from any mental health issue, here are the things you should do to help them:

Encourage Them to Share What They Feel 

You can ask them what they have been doing lately or how their day has been. You can do that by inviting them to part of a task you do, like cooking. Then, use that time to talk about their day. You can make them feel comfortable sharing what they feel with a few words of encouragement.

Acknowledge and Understand the Emotions They Experience 

Even if they find it difficult, it is critical to acknowledge and understand the emotions they experience. Once they open up to you, try responding with, “that makes sense,” “it sounds like a tough situation,” or “I understand.” If they express different feelings such as high-functioning anxiety, make sure to read informative articles on the subject. You also need to notice and compliment them for something they did great, no matter how simple it is. 

Listen to Their Views 

You have to make them feel you are working through conflict together. You can do that by listening to their views and sorting out the conflict calmly.

Do not discuss while any one of you is angry. If you or your child is stressed, calm down, walk away, and take a break. Instead of forcing to solve the issue, you can talk with them later.

Take time to reflect on how you and your child can solve the conflict. Try discussing those reflections with them and see how both of you process the ideas.

Encourage Them to Live a Healthy Lifestyle 

Things constantly change, and your child continuously develops during their teenage years. They grow, and they become more independent. However, you still need to ensure they make healthy choices.

You have to remind them to have adequate amounts of sleep and exercise. If they get a good night’s sleep, they can focus on whatever they do. Physical activities were proven to release stress. Good nutrition also helps them feel better inside and out.

Surround Them with People that are Healthy 

Unhealthy relationships and bullying make it more difficult for teens to deal with mental health problems. You can help your teens by surrounding them with people that are healthy. That way, their recovery process becomes smoother.

If they are with their friends who provide them the necessary support and treat them kindly, they keep positivity in their everyday life. The mental health issue they are experiencing comes with a lot of pain. So, encouraging them to speak more and share their feelings help reduce their pain.

Conclusion 

Mental health issues experienced by teens are not solved overnight. Some overcome them for a short time, while others have to deal with them for a long time. So, if you believe your teen is experiencing anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues, provide them the necessary support and encouragement. 

Help your teen develop good mental health to build strong relationships and deal with life’s challenges. You can also ask for the professional help from mental health practitioners.

Sources:

Transcend Recovery Community Blog

World Health Organization