Since the pandemic began, we have been having more and more important conversations about mental health, especially around our children. You may wonder how hearing loss impacts mental health. As of 2019, about 20% of the world’s population has some form of hearing loss. A little over 15% of those people are kids.
What is anxiety?
The American Psychological Association defines anxiety as an emotion that is characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes. It is also considered a persistent heightened state of alert. Sometimes this can be a normal reaction to stressful situations and sometimes spirals into a disorder in itself.
What does it look like?
Anxiety can trigger physical symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, muscle aches, insomnia, and trouble concentrating, which may impact students’ quality of life and ability to perform and participate in school activities.
Hearing loss and anxiety
Language deprivation is a...
It’s almost the 4th of July! While this holiday marks the epitome of summer fun for many of us, it often is not fun for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. It can often cause feelings of insecurity, isolation, and frustration if a child does know what to expect or does not have the ability to communicate easily with those around them.
The Online Itinerant supports families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing by building capacity and understanding of how hearing loss impacts their child, then supports the family in breaking down any barriers and supporting these needs - all while, well, still being a family.
Bev Teeter, a Parent Coach in the FRIEND Academy, offered a training for parents to help support social events for their entire family. She taught about her approach called Prepare/Engage/Reminisce.
This approach allows your child to gain access to events, occasions, celebrations, and pretty much...
Are you excited for summer? Us too! The FRIEND Academy recently hosted a training for family members sharing tips on how to help your family make the most of it with your deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) child. This is such an important topic because what may be fun for other children can be stressful for your child. In case you missed the training, we will outline the highlights on what to expect and how to prepare for any challenges that may arise.
As you are getting ready for summer, you may have some of the following top summer activities planned. Water sports, biking, campfires/camping, nature activities, picnics, community celebrations (hello, 4th of July!), amusement parks and family vacation/travel, anyone?
These things are all insanely fun for most people. However, they can be incredibly stressful for children with hearing loss.