Weekly individual therapy that focuses on development of listening skills is of great importance. For preschool age children, a parent-centered approach that enables carryover into the home environment is extremely beneficial. Once your child has acquired the ability to hear and comprehend complex sounds that are essential to understanding spoken language, the focus of therapy often changes to articulation and further development of receptive and expressive language.
The quality of the services your child receives in their school program is important. Children with cochlear implants experience success in a variety of educational settings with differing educational philosophies. Some children use oral communication, while others use total communication (spoken language and sign language) and/or augmentative communication devices. The most important factor is that your child's teachers have expertise in incorporating tasks to develop listening and spoken language skills throughout the day, as well as a general working knowledge of the cochlear implant. It is also beneficial for your child's school to have a positive attitude towards working with children who have received implants, as well as a willingness to communicate with our program and your child's private therapist(s).