How Your Child Grows and Learns about Feelings
Read this page to see how your child may grow.
What you can expect:
Children who are deaf may not follow "normal" or "typical" development:
Children grow in different ways
But children also grow in ways that you can’t see. Their minds grow as they learn. They learn how to share toys and get along with friends. They learn about their feelings and the feelings of other people. They learn about their community, about rules and behavior, and about how the world works. This kind of growth is emotional.
Learning about feelings
Children with a hearing loss sometimes have a harder time learning about feelings. Even basic feelings like sad, mad, happy, tired, and silly can be hard for children with a hearing loss to learn about. You should teach your child about feelings – don’t just assume that he knows about them already!
You can help your child learn about feelings. Here are some things you can do:
Help your child feel good about himself
Deaf children sometimes feel sad or mad about their hearing loss. As they get older, they start noticing the ways they are different from other children. This is true for all kids. One child might feel bad that his clothes are different. Another child might be upset that she’s not as good as her friends at sports. In the same way, a child with a hearing loss might feel sad that he can’t hear as much as his brothers and sisters or his friends. He might get frustrated when other people are talking fast and he can’t join in.
Children with a hearing loss might also feel bad about differences that other children can see, like their cochlear implant or their hearing aid.
Help your child feel better by pointing out all the things that he can do well. If your child is good at art, sports, math, or dancing, tell him! If your child is a good big brother or a good helper in the kitchen, thank him for his help. Put some of his drawings or spelling tests on the refrigerator. Be sure to tell your child you notice the things he’s good at!
Things to watch out for
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