July 20, 2018—Clarke students met Cole, a dog who is deaf and inspiring classrooms of children in the Philadelphia area. [More]
July 14, 2018—Michael Franti and guest singer Victoria Canal joined Clarke’s Summer Camp attendees at Beacon Field in Greenfield, MA to experience the positive power of music.[More]
July 10, 2018—Clarke Jacksonville recently installed a classroom magnet wall ball system! The innovative system provides an interactive play space that strengthens gross and fine motor skills, while fostering an interest in STEM skills. [More]
August 29, 2011—(text reprinted from AG Bell website) Self-advocacy in children with hearing loss will permeate many aspects of the child's life. Once it has been determined that the family's desired outcome is to have their child take advantage of the technology that is available to them, fostering self-advocacy can be woven into the routines of every day family life as well as into early childhood curriculum. As many parents of children with hearing loss will attest, the introduction of the amplification system, either hearing aids or cochlear implants, can be a frustrating time in the journey. Even though logic dictates that the more the child wears the device, the sooner the child will recognize its value, and the sooner he/she will accept the amplification and begin to embrace its use, for many families it is a difficult time.
Practicing the 3 P's can prove helpful: Persistence/Patience/Positive attitude
Persistence refers to the hundreds of times a day that the child will remove the device or it will fall off on its own.
Patience refers to the parents' ability (and willingness) to accept the fact that this is a phase and that "this too shall pass." Patience also refers to the realization that this, as with many things, is a process that will take time and effort on everyone’s part.
Positive attitude begins with you!
Positive attitude also refers to pairing early use with a positive experience.
Self-Advocacy for CI users
Self-advocacy for cochlear implant users can be developed in a similar manner. Using proper terminology for the parts of the device, encouraging the child to use it by sharing your excitement for listening and by practicing the 3 P’s, your child will soon be asking for the cochlear implant!
As with so many aspects of childhood, routine and expectation lead to predictability and security. Competence and confidence in amplification care will result in greater self-esteem about themselves and their hearing loss. It's never too early to start!
Jeana Novak, M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd
Early Intervention Coordinator
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech