A few parents have asked how their deaf child can be more independent. In fact, deaf children can be educators here! These ideas will get you started.
* Let them do things for themselves and don’t spoon-feed them
* Arrange play-dates with local children and/or go to a toddler group
* Enroll in local arts/play/sports activities (with siblings if applicable)
* If another parent is concerned about communicating with your child, offer practical tips such as getting down to the child’s level to talk
Chances are that you’ll be amazed how your son or daughter copes without you. Let them work things out, and learn by doing!
* Teach them to have self-respect and self-confidence
* Everyone has a talent: find and nurture theirs
* Encourage everyday objectivity and consideration for others
* Sport is a great leveller and builder of self-esteem
* Offer weekends away with sports or youth groups
* Allow time with friends to hang out / watch DVDs, etc
* Typing skills will enable email/webchat/textphone use at a later stage
* At an appropriate age, get a mobile phone for texting and making plans
For now, we’d love to hear your questions, tips or comments!