LEAP ON AND ENRICH YOUR CHILD’S SPEECH & LANGUAGE THIS CHRISTMAS

  1. To develop Auditory Memory

There are many things that go on a Christmas tree – like bells, stars, gift boxes, balls, streamers, candy sticks etc in variety of colors. Involve your child in decorating the Christmas tree.

ACTIVITY 1

Before showing the materials, first name them and then take them out one by one. Now cover the materials with a piece of cloth and let the child remember and recall the materials seen in 30 sec.

2. To develop concepts of Positions:

ACTIVITY 2

Depending upon the level of the child, you can use language like, “Let’s put the star on top of the tree”, “Let’s put the golden ball on the right side”, “Let’s put the candy stick in-between two golden bells, etc. Similarly you can introduce other positions like:

  1. In front of, beside, behind, etc.

3. To facilitate Imagination:

ACTIVITY 3

Talking to your child about Santa Clause, and imagining what your child wants Santa Clause to bring. Making up a story as per your child’s imagination helps to develop and enrich the Theory of Mind.

 

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Talking to your child about Santa Clause, and imagining what your child wants Santa Clause to bring. Making up a story as per your child’s imagination helps to develop and enrich the Theory of Mind.

  1. To follow multiple Instructions:

 

christmas-card

ACTIVITY 4

Making a Christmas card:

There are many fancy nick knack materials available in the market like ribbons, bows, Santa’s face, stars etc. You can make a Christmas Card along with your child by giving multiple instructions like, “Let’s put Santa’s face in the center of the card and a silver star in the right corner “or “Make four gift boxes in each corner of the card and a heart in the center and then color it red”.

 

  1. To listen and tell the rhyming word:

ACTIVITY 5

You can play a game of rhyming words from the materials mentioned above. Like: Star – Car, Ball – Mall; similarly words like Santa, face, bow, bell etc.

 

  1. To understand why we celebrate Christmas:

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ACTIVITY 6

Reading a story book on Lord Jesus will help the child understand the real meaning of why we celebrate Christmas. Narrate the whole story and later help the child recall it in his /her own way.

 

GOOD WISHES AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!

Ritu Nakra

(LSLS Cert.AVT)

For

Hear Me Speak

 

 

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Tips to involve siblings in teaching of your hearing impaired child to create a healthy and happy environment…..

 

1          Talk about the hearing loss, its implications, amplification devices, care for the devices with your children. There is nothing to hide. You should handle your child’s device with a pride and not with guilt. This reflects on your child and gives him strength to face any situation in public. Let your children understand the handling of device. You need to trust them and be patient with them.

2          It is important to promote communication between the siblings. We often feel that our hearing impaired child will not be able to make our hearing child understand his / her needs and hence we come in-between them as translators. Give them a chance and encourage their communication. They always find their own ways to do so which may even lead to special surprises for you.

3          We need to acknowledge and praise positive and collaborative behaviors. Whenever they are playing together build a positive environment around them where each one gets his own space and praise. Siblings have a fun relationship. Kids learn more while playing, as at that time they are not being taught. Their willingness to learn is enhanced.

4          We need to try to understand the feelings behind a certain act. When siblings complaint, don’t jump into conclusions. It is important to explore the reason behind that complaint. Usually our hearing impaired children get advantage in these situations. But we need to do a fair justice.

5          It is extremely important to schedule time alone with your hearing child. We often get so involved in the care of our hearing impaired child that we forget the needs of our hearing child.  Sometimes you can go alone with your hearing child to make him / her feel special too.

6          Modeling is an important tool for teaching, not just for hearing impaired children but for all kids. This tool can be used most effectively when we involve siblings in our lesson plans.

7          The world doesn’t operate as planned but we adults have a tendency to plan and stick to our plans. Unplanned surprise angles give an added edge and provide a more realistic learning than any planned lesson. Siblings can provide that variety and break the monotony of learning.

8          Speed is as important as the lesson itself. Siblings build a healthy sense of competition which raises the learning curve exponentially. Create fairly competitive games around your lesson plans and you’ll be amazed at the speed at which your child picks up.

                        To conclude, I would like to assert not to consider siblings as a hindrance to their learning but a much welcome support provided by God himself. Those who don’t have siblings need not lose heart. The same can be simulated by inviting their friends over and involving them in your lesson plans.

Ritu Nakra

LSLS Cert.AVT

Acknowledgement

Nirmit Goel mother of Prisha Goel

 

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