Getting loud at kinder
Children with a hearing loss
• Children with a hearing loss are totally typical children, they don't hear typically
• If you speak in a quiet voice, they will have trouble hearing you
• When they are in a place with background noise, it is very challenging to hear (a classroom, outdoors, a gym, a restaurant, on the playground, near the ocean).
• If they don't hear you the first time, be patient, don't get frustrated. Just repeat it. Maybe rephrase it. Kids can read body language better than the average person, frustration hurts.
• No need to shout and please don’t say “never mind” it can make them feel left out and isolated
• People with a hearing loss make very different choices; there is not a one-size-fits-all way to navigate this personal experience.
• Hearing loss varies. And people choose very different communication modalities.
• Avoid covering your mouth when you speak; they can't read your lips if they can't see your mouth. And know that if you are wearing a face mask, it’ll be even more challenging.
• You may need to tap them on the shoulder and get their attention before you speak to them.
• If you talk from across the room or with your back turned, they will miss most or all of what you are saying
• Most people born with hearing loss never know the cause.
• Understanding social nuances is really challenging when you have hearing loss. Many people who are hard of hearing experience social anxiety.
• Listening with hearing loss is exhausting. Kids need time to decompress, or they will act out; It is harder than it looks.
• In the end, they are resilient, adaptable people living in a hearing world trying to find their way.