How and when to talk about HA?
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|Mon, 04-16-2007 - 3:12pm|
Hello everyone! Caleb is almost 3 1/2 and has a mild/mod hearing impairment. He is bilaterally aided and doing well. The other day my sister was over and asked him what is in his ears. He said "my hearing aids." She then asked him what are they for. And he didn't know. I told him to tell her "they help me hear." Which he did.
This discussion made me realize I have not done a good job explaining or telling Caleb about his hearing aids and what they are for, why he has them. I guess he never really asked and it really hasn't been an issue yet. Kids will randomly ask me what is in his ears and I've always explained it to them. I guess I just never had the conversation with my own child!
I guess its good it hasn't been an issue yet, but I realize I need to open up the dialogue with Caleb and have a discussion about this. My husband doesn't want to make an issue of it. He thinks if we start bringing it up it will make Caleb more aware of his difference and his self esteem will suffer, etc. But I think if we talk to Caleb about it now, hopefully it will improve his confidence in the long run about it. But I'm not really sure how. Do you think 3.5 is a good time? How do I bring it up and what do I say? Any BTDT advice about how you've done it with your children? TIA