Finding family balance is difficult for every parent, but especially for those with a child with hearing loss. We’ve outlined ways to help make finding that balance easier.
Let’s face it, if you have children, you’re busy. If you have a child with hearing loss, you’re even busier. Fitting in weekly home visits or center-based appointments with your child’s listening and spoken language (LSL) interventionist or driving your child to and from preschool, your daily schedule is likely bursting at the seams. Meanwhile, you’re probably spending some extra time maintaining a language rich environment for your child with hearing loss. If you’re feeling guilty that you’re not spending enough time with your entire family, don’t be so hard on yourself. Whether you’re managing your household, taking time to sit down to dinner together or juggling work and the schedules of all your children, as parents we all strive to find family balance. Achieving a successful LSL outcome for your child with hearing loss does require an increased commitment of time and resources. Keeping the hearing technology on and working so your child has auditory access all the time and attending all intervention sessions can be a challenge. Plus, your child’s siblings may feel pressure with the additional schedule demands of participating in intervention sessions or waiting during audiology appointments. And, siblings may feel left out or resentful that you’re providing too much attention to their sibling with hearing loss. It’s important to acknowledge siblings’ emotional needs as well and strive to provide a balanced approach to your whole family structure. Stay the Course! Remember, all your efforts to further your child’s LSL development now will have a significant impact on future literacy, academic and professional success. It’s also why you may need to think about trying additional strategies to stay focused and press on toward your goal while keeping all your plates spinning. Whether you have the support of a significant other or you’re a single parent trying to manage a busy schedule and create an environment to teach your child to listen and talk, you don’t have to go it alone. Consider seeking the support of your LSL team to problem solve your specific challenges. Or seek the support of other LSL parents who are further along in their LSL journey. Many parents have been down the same road, trying their best to do what it takes to support their child with hearing loss and meet all the needs of their family. Here are a few ideas others have shared:
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