Mini-Course: Challenging Situations


6 - Hearing and Language Challenges

Speech and language challenges: Volume of speech

Some children with cochlear implants may have trouble controlling the loudness of their voice because they cannot hear the volume of their speech.

Practice using the appropriate level of loudness with the child to help him or her to be better understood. You can create a hand signal (such as putting two thumbs up in the air and motioning upward to indicate "louder") to use when the child is speaking softly and you would like him or her to be louder. You could do the opposite if the child is too loud and needs to speak more softly.

This is not a particularly common challenge, but you should note the possibility for volume control issues.

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