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Talk to the Staff at Daycare

Maybe people at your daycare have never worked with a child who has a hearing loss. They may not know what to do with deaf or hard-of-hearing children. Because of this, they may try to: girl in chair

  • Give your child things to do alone
  • Not include her in group activities
  • Think that they cannot communicate with her
  • Think that it is impossible for her to communicate with other children
  • Think she will be upset and uncomfortable with other children

Find ways to help the staff become comfortable. Talk to them and teach them what you have learned.

Tell the daycare about your child

  • Give your childcare provider or teacher information and suggestions about activities to do with your deaf or hard of hearing child. This will make them more comfortable about your child's hearing loss. If you ask, your early intervention provider may visit the center.
  • Teach the teachers about hearing aids and hearing aid batteries. Show them what to do if it gets wet or broken. Tell them how to help comfort your child.
  • Explain about your child's hearing. Ask the audiologist for a paper that shows what your child can hear and not hear, with and without her aids.
  • If she has a cochlear implant, someone from the implant team may visit the daycare center to help teach staff about implants.
  • If you are using sign language to communicate with your child, show some signs to the daycare. This will help your child feel better.
    • Make posters with pictures of the signs your child knows and uses.
    • Help staff learn these important signs. Practice with them.
    • Make sure they can watch you when you sign with your child.
    • Encourage and support them to do whatever they can to communicate with your child.

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