“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”
Speech therapy and various therapy measures, especially in the case of multiple impairments, are therefore recommended both before and after provision with a hearing system.
Listening and speaking are closely linked in speech development. Any limitation in hearing reduces the possibility of spoken language acquisition enormously. Children with a hearing reduction should therefore also have language therapy along with good and early hearing provision to lose as little time as possible for the acquisition of spoken language.
The most important aim of language therapy is to enable communication so the child can express its wishes and needs. Therapeutic work therefore includes conditioning training, listening training, articulation, communication strategies, (early) acquisition of written language, increased support of speech development through visual material, pedagogical counseling and work with parents.
By contrast to early hearing support, which supports your child through play and has a broad spectrum encompassing motor skills and other developmental areas, language therapy prepares your child carefully for linguistic structures. Apart from that, the language therapist is also an important pivot point in communication with the experts from other relevant specialist areas especially in the initial phase.
In the first few months, the language therapist checks hearing outcomes with the new hearing solutions regularly with special hearing tests until cochlear implantation and supports you as parents along this path where there are many decisions to be made.
Other therapy options
On average, a third of all children with a hearing loss have an additional disability. In the case of multiple disabilities, or your child having a specific learning difficulty, you should definitely make use of further therapy measures along with hearing provision and regular language pedagogical support.
Ergonomic therapy, music therapy, or physiotherapy, depending on the type of the disability, are named here as some examples.