Specific Ideas for Child Care Providers to Help Children with Hearing Disabilities

Infant with cochlear implant

Child care providers can give valuable support and assistance to children with hearing disabilities. Supporting young children with hearing challenges is important because listening is the foundation for language development in most children. Children who cannot hear well may have difficulty learning to speak and need to be exposed to language in the child care setting.

Remember that children with hearing disabilities are not all alike. Some children may be able to hear a little; others may not have any …

Hearing Disabilities and Child Care

Girls using sign language

Child care providers are sometimes the first people to notice that a young child has a hearing problem. Some hearing issues may be temporary like an illness; others may be more permanent.

Being able to hear is important for many aspects of a child’s life — learning to speak, acquiring knowledge, recognizing danger, and communicating with others. Almost all newborns will make sounds like crying, cooing and babbling. They communicate to get their needs met and then move on to …

Hearing Disabilities: Signs of Concern

Baby with hearing aid

As a child care provider, you might notice that a child seems to have trouble hearing. The problem may be temporary, or it may continue over time. If you suspect that a child in your child care program is having hearing problems, observe the child over several days. Watch for some of the following signs that may point to difficulties in hearing. Sometimes you may see only a few signs; in other cases, you may see many.

Signs That May