What are some behavior management techniques for children with hearing loss?
Adams, J. (1997). You and your deaf child, a self-help guide for parents of deaf and hard of hearing children. (Rev. 2nd ed.). Washington, D.C., Gallaudet University Press.
Medwid, D. & Weston,
Kid-friendly parenting with deaf and hard of hearing children.
Washington, D.C., Gallaudet University Press.
Synthesis of information
In his book You
and Your Deaf Child, Adams (1997) states that your child uses
behavior to tell you what he/she needs or wants. A hearing loss makes
the communication of those needs and wants difficult causing frustration
and sometimes behavior problems. Adams offers these techniques for
controlling your hearing impaired child's behavior:
Medwid and Weston (1995)
point out that many behaviors are controlled by the child's self-confidence
and self-respect. Showing love, respect and empathy for your child
helps grow this belief in self. When your child is frustrated and
begins to act out use humor and affection with them. Point out the
positive things they are doing and try to redirect their behavior.
"Keep in mind that some behaviors are developmental and should be expected"
(Medwid & Weston, (1995), P. 3).
Adams' book is a wonderful source of behavior management for the
parents of any child. It is important to remember the whether your
child is hearing impaired or not, he is still just a child. All children
need direction and limits from the moment they are born. Adults have
the power to mold and shape their child's behavior, but the pattern is
set from birth. Gently letting your child know that you are in control
right from the beginning will pave the way for appropriate behavior.
All children will test the limits, but if they learn early on that there
are consequences, they will be less likely to disobey. The following
information in the bibliography is good for classroom use, but could be
adapted to use in the home.
Bussion, G.J., Murdock, J.Y. & Reynolds, K.E. (1995). Effects
of tokens on response latency of students with hearing impairments in a
resource room. Education and Treatment of Children, 408-421.
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