WHAT HAPPENS AFTER COCHLEAR IMPLANT SURGERY?

HEAR ME SPEAK presents it’s fourth blab discussion on “What happens after cochlear implant surgery?”

Speech is the birthright of every child. It is the hearing impaired child’s one fair chance to keep in touch with his fellows. Cochlear implant provides hearing to our children so that their brain can be trained to listen and develop speech. Cochlear implant is the miracle of the 21st century to mankind. Listening starts after the two to three weeks of surgery i.e.  with the switch on of the cochlear implant. Adequate listening through cochlear implant depends on MAPPING. Moreover, the implant is the life partner for the cochlear implant recipients. They should know how to troubleshoot their cochlear implant system and how to take best care of the device.

This discussion with Dr Ruchika Sawhney Mittal, talks about what is switch on , how frequently the mapping is required and how to take care of your Cochlear Implant.

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Acknowledgements

Illustration by Melissa Bailey.

Information Sources –

Audiologist  – Dr. Ruchika, ruchikamittal07@gmail.com

LSLS Cert.AVT-  Ritu Nakra, ritunkara@rediffmail.com

Blab Session Conducted By –

Chetana Misra, Founder, MompreneursIndia

 

 

 

BEATING THE HEAT WITH FUN FILLED ACTIVITIES FOR LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT THIS SUMMER

As the Mercury rises above 45 degrees, HearMeSpeak suggests some fantastic ideas to beat the heat in a fun filled way to develop and expand communication skills in your children with hearing loss.

1          VISITING YOUR GRANDPARENT’S HOUSE

 

Summer vacations are the time when mothers, even more than kids, look forward to visiting their mother’s house. And why not? After all, mothers also need a break. So, let the grandparents take over…

Visiting the family home gives our children a good opportunity to interact with their grandparents and learn their native language. Usually in our families especially in North India, we talk to our children in either English or Hindi. But, our native language may be different, such as Punjabi or Haryanvi etc. Let your children Listen and Learn their native language from their Grandparents.

Researchers have recently found that children as young as 11 months old who are raised bilingual, excel not only at two spoken languages, but also show increased brain activity when undertaking tasks that aren’t language-related.

 

Just like their first language, children will initially develop a receptive understanding of their native language, and then learn to express it meaningfully.

 

 

2          DIVING INTO THE POOL

 

With the advancement of technology, we now have access to various types of Aqua accessories, which can be used while swimming. Water resistant technologies give our children a great opportunity to learn meaningful new vocabulary words and concepts, such as diving, splashing, and different names of swimming strokes like breast stroke, butterfly stroke, and so forth. So, you too can jump into the pool with your children, and play all kinds of water games — and have loads of fun.

 

3          INDOOR GAMES IN THE AFTERNOON

With the mercury touching 45 degrees in the afternoons, it is just not possible to engage in outdoor sports. So, why not use this time to play some indoor games like Ludo, Snake and Ladder, Lotto or Guess Who? All these games are Treasures of Language. For example, while playing snake and ladder, you can enrich language with phrases such as – roll the dice, now it’s my turn, it’s your turn, skip, count, go up the ladder, wait for your turn, miss you turn, count and move the counter etc. These games not only teach our children new words, but also help developing social communication while enhancing their cognitive skills.

4          HOBBY COURSES

Summer break also provides an opportunity for our children to pursue hobbies and interests they may not have had time for in their busy school days. They can be enrolled in music classes, dance classes, art and craft classes, gardening classes or in a theatre classes, as per the child’s interest. Each activity offers valuable opportunities to develop not only their language skills, but also their communication and social skills as they meet new children and make new friends. As parents, you need to encourage your children to interact not only with their course coordinators, but also with their new friends. Talk about what happened in the class. Ask what new things/ideas your child learned, and about the names of their new friends and conversational exchanges.

 

5          JUST CHILL

It is so very important to simply chill with your children. For example, just go for an evening walk together, and have an ice-cream to beat the heat. Talk about different ice cream flavours. Give choices. Let your child place the orders. Let your children pay for the treat, and encourage them to do the calculations and count the change from the transaction.

Hope these tips will be a helpful. So have fun and relax with your children!

RITU NAKRA

LSLS Cert.AVT

HearMeSpeak celebrates Mother’s Day!

As a parent of a young hearing-impaired child, you are always looking for special days to celebrate and various opportunities to enrich their speech and language skills.

We at HearMeSpeak would like to make this a very special “Mother’s Day” by easing off your burden of how and what to do on this day.

Mothers – with whom our world begins and ends.

Celebrating Mother’s Day with great ideas and giving our children an opportunity to enrich speech and language in a fun-filled way, all stored in a secret box.

 Dear Parents and Professionals , kindly see the following link to know the contents of this secret box and also to learn how to use the contents to make this day a special one, not only for your child but also for yourself.

https://blab.im/6afa4854a2664579902d948d076ba20b

Best Wishes,

Ritu Nakra

LSLS Cert.AVT