Child with Cochlear Implant- Hearing Loss

Melissa - posted on 05/05/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a step son, who is turning 5. He got a cochlear implant on his right side when he was about 2 years old. He began school this last September at a school for hearing impaired. I am concerned that he still does not talk at all. Not one word. Is this normal? is it because he got the implants late? Do some children never develop the ability to speak even with the cochlear implant? He does respond to his name when you call him, so I know that he can hear when he is wearing it. Any input would be appreciated.

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Melissa - posted on 05/06/2015

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I am not sure if he has an IEP...His school, being only for those who are deaf/hard of hearing has a program for the kids with cochlear implants to teach them how to speak. He is also learning to sign at school. He did not really sign until he was 4, as they were encouraged to speak with him, so that he would not depend only on signing to communicate. He does go to sick kids to get the device volume adjusted periodically. I just wonder why, after so long, not even one word.

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