Cochlear Implant

Diane - posted on 12/11/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi, My granddaughter (I am her guardian for now) Aria had a cochlear implant in her right ear January 25, 2015. It has been extremely difficult. When they initially turned it on about a month later, she was terrified. It was a while before we could get her to put it on at all. When she turned 3 she started attending Phx Day School for the Deaf and she is learning to sign. Both Aria's grandparents on Mom's side are deaf. Just the last week she began to allow us to put on her over 5 hrs. I was told that it may be too late for her to learn speech since she is now 3 yrs 3 months old. Has anyone had something similar and if so how are your children doing? Aria was born totally deaf (birth defect).

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Diane - posted on 12/11/2015

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Thank you for the input. It has been frustrating. She was so scared when they turned it on the first time. You see these pictures of children excited about the sound. That was not Aria. We are hoping she progress from now on.

Diane

Raye - posted on 12/11/2015

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It shouldn't be too late for her to learn speech, it would just be a lot of time and effort, and possible speech therapy to help her close the gap with her peers. First, she must get used to having the device on most or all the time. If working with her on your own, the starting point for speech milestones would be similar to a newborn. If working with her yourselves and with a speech therapist, progress may go quite a bit faster. Praise her often when she gets sounds close or correct. Keep trying to make it fun and don't put a lot of pressure on her to perform, or she may get frustrated and shut down. Sign language would be useful to her also, as having the added benefit of being able to communicate with SL in certain circumstances could help ease some frustration.

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