Growing Up With Hearing Loss
What Your Child Can Do to Help Her Self-Esteem
Teach your child coping skills. Your child may sometimes feel sad or
mad about her hearing loss.
- Show your child how to deal with her feelings in a good way.
- Help her find ways to communicate with your family.
- Show her ways to relax, like read books or write letters to friends.
When she's mad, have her:
- Go outside and yell as loud as she wants.
- Take a deep breath and count to 10.
- Jump up and down.
- Hit a pillow as hard as she wants.
When she's sad, have her:
- Talk about how she feels with a friend or parent.
- Smile and think about all the good things in her life.
- Ask for a hug.
- Cry if it makes her feel better.
- Look at things in a new way.
- Try to find the good side of what's wrong.
- Ask a counselor for help.
Talk to your child about choices. Show your child how to:
- Take good care of herself - her mind and body
- Know and say her feelings
- Understand the difference between right and wrong
- Make good choices
- Figure out what's wrong when she's feeling bad
- Try to fix mistakes
- Decide who and what she wants to be
- Be independent
Get more information.
We looked at a lot of research on hearing loss and self-esteem: Read what we found out.
Also, look for the book: Full Esteem Ahead: 100 Ways to
teach values and build self-esteem for all ages.
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