LSL gives way to a life of independence for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to partake in family stories, learn a musical instrument, go to ballet class with hearing friends, sing along with the radio, as well as other routines, sports, and activities. The little things that we do independently but take for granted can be celebrated as possibilities for children with hearing loss.
What does the word independence mean to you? With the 4th of July in sight, the word probably sparks emotions related to patriotism and pride. However, for families on the Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) journey, the term independence can relate to the exciting outcomes and bright futures filled with self-sufficiency for their children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Day-to-day tasks and hobbies that we may take for granted such as chatting with our neighbors or friends, singing along to the radio, playing games with family members or asking someone a question are some common things that children with hearing loss might not experience. However, when children who are born deaf or hard of hearing are diagnosed early, fitted with appropriate hearing technology and start LSL early intervention as soon as possible, a world of language, literacy and daily independence can become a reality!
This Independence Day, let’s share our celebrations of all the big and little things that help create autonomy for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Join the Family Support Community and share photos and stories about the independence your child has experienced since starting the Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) journey. You can also share your LSL independence stories on social media using the hashtag #LSLIndependence
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