i have a son who is disabled and has a cochlear implant we have tried everything he just won't wear it at home but when he is at school he will wear it on his head but not turned off if anyone has any suggestions that would be great
Keebler - posted on 11/23/2008
My first thought would be to ask how old your son is and what is his school placement? My second thought is that your son isn't disabled, he just doesn't hear. I would ask him 'why' he doesn't use it, depending on his communication ability(re:age). I'm a huge advocate for ASL, go figure my education is in ALS interpreting... I agree that maybe teach(and learn) ASL as an altrinate form of communication. It truly is a beautiful language( I'm a visual learner and therefore find seeing language pleasing to the eye)!
Lisa - posted on 11/07/2008
How old is your son? If he is very young he may not be able to communicate to you how it is working for him. There is a high percentage of people that the CI does not work on. It just makes things sound like static. If you son is one of these unfortunate few then that may be why he doesn't like it. OR he is simply not used to actually hearing things. It can be very overstimulating to a child born deaf to suddenly hear. If that is the case then I suggest giving your son extra "down" time with little to no stimulus. Give him more time with a visually quiet atmosphere. Less people, TV, colorful rooms and such while he adjusts to this. You may even want to try adding things such as Yoga and mediation (even for the little bitty guys). This may help deal with a new stimulus.
Sheila - posted on 11/06/2008
My best friend from childhood is deaf and was the first child to receive a cochlear implant. She didn't wear hers much. As an adult, she received a second one. I can't say she wears it much either (actually, I don't know if I've ever seen her wear it. I wish I could tell you an answer. Moreso, I just wanted you to know it sounds normal.
Sadie - posted on 11/05/2008
Honestly! I would say allow him some time with it off. Can he express to you why he doesn't want it on? If not just assume then there's a reason for his actions. I have spoken with a few people who have a cochlear and say it can be uncomfortable at times. I would say work with him and it could mean learning a new way to communicate (ASL) with him at home so it allows him to be comfortable and you feel you can still communicate with him. That's my suggestion...also I don't know your son's abilities and I don't know all the things you've tried, but I'm sure you'll keep trying until you find a way!
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