When it comes to teaching your child manners, the process is easier said than done. Hear from a Mom of two boys with hearing loss who’s been in the trenches of the LSL journey, and came out with tips to help you teach your conversationalist manners and social-confidence.
Should we expect our deaf or hard of hearing children to have age-appropriate manners? The answer is a resounding YES! If our goal is to raise confident conversationalists, we want to set high expectations from an early age, just as we would with any hearing child. However, because children who are deaf or hard of hearing can miss subtle social cues, we want to make sure we intentionally explain the meaning behind manners and offer plenty of opportunities for them to observe, learn and practice appropriate use of manners in conversations and interactions with others. Keep in mind that while good manners may be the ultimate goal, the process of building a strong foundational understanding takes years to build in conjunction with your child’s cognitive and language development.
Here are some tips to teach, model and encourage your child’s development of manners for a future of social success.
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