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!