Know What You Want for Your Child’s Future
The diagnosis of hearing loss is often unexpected for many parents. In fact, over 95% of children with hearing loss are born to hearing parents so the diagnosis is often a complete surprise. There may be a lot of strong emotions in your family. On top of that, there are also a lot of new terms, procedures, people, and services to learn about. It can be hard to decide how to move forward.
With all the possibilities available to children with hearing loss today, the first step is to start with what you want for your child’s future. If you start with your dreams, the roadmap for the journey ahead becomes clearer. Think about all you want them to be able to do and accomplish throughout their life, like tell you they love you, make friends at school, and graduate from college. LSL makes those dreams possible.
Once you have complete information about the science of hearing loss and the possible outcomes from your child’s healthcare professional, pediatric audiologist, and early intervention team, you’ll decide what path best fits your family. If it’s not Listening and Spoken Language and your family chooses sign language (known as ASL or American Sign Language) to communicate with your child, make sure you find a qualified ASL professional to guide and coach you as you will need to become a fluent signer to ensure your child has access to language through sign during the early learning years.