Tianlai Speech Therapy Center of Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province aims to provide speech rehabilitation services to the children with hearing impairment and early special education, instructing the parents to master the skills of rehabilitation for the children with hearing impairment. It’s a professional rehabilitation organization for the deaf children, integration of education, rehabilitation and research.
In 2013, a national cochlear implant project helped 17 children from the Tianlai Speech Therapy Center. After 3 months of training, they developed quickly. Now they can understand simple sentences. Their parents were very happy and became more confident about their children's future.
Parents also play a key role in speech rehabilitation for children with hearing impairments, so we organized a parent's meeting after school every Friday. Teachers reported on the children’s weekly performance to their parents, pointing out their developments and weaknesses. Meanwhile, we instructed the parents on how to consolidate and expand training in the family. The parents also gave feedback and asked questions.
In the one-hour meeting, the parents learned a lot. During the rehab process, not only the children, but the parents as well, are changing. The parents become positive and more willing to make an effort. This is a big change from the embarrassment and desperation they often feel after they learn about their child's problem.
Original article written by Yan You, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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