Mini-Course: After School-Entry


8 - Social Integration of a Child with a Cochlear Implant

Help build social and self-advocacy skills

A child with a cochlear implant often needs to advocate for him or herself and explain the cochlear implant or ask people to repeat themselves or speak up. There are simple skills that you can practice with the child to support the child's social interactions with peers and adults.

For example:
  • When the child is speaking to others, cue him or her to maintain eye contact, increase or decrease speaking volume, and use friends' names to get their attention before giving a message. nonverbal signals are helpful to prompt children in these situations because they do not disrupt the normal flow of peer-to-peer interactions or disempower the child.
  • Help the child develop self-advocacy skills, such as asking a speaker to repeat what was said or speak up. Practice using scripts with the child such as, "I didn't hear you," "Could you say that again?" and "Can you speak louder/slower?" Model the use of these scripts whenever possible.
  • Have the child practice restating what was heard to ensure it was correct. 

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