Speech Language Therapy for Children with Cochlear Implants
The field of cochlear implant technology is relatively new and is advancing rapidly to provide children with profound hearing loss with unprecedented ability to access the listening environment. Young children are excellent candidates for cochlear implantation, and most learn to hear conversation (without lip–reading) and to use spoken language for communication. According to The Children’s Hearing Institute:
Children implanted early, who do not have other significant developmental disabilities, and when coupled with intensive post-implantation speech language therapy, may acquire age appropriate speech, language, developmental and social skills.
An array of educational and therapeutic services is available to help cochlear implant children to acquire age–appropriate speech, language, developmental and social skills. A team approach, often coordinated by a Teacher of the Deaf, is essential to help each child reach his or her optimal speech, language, and educational skill level.
Speech Language Therapy
There are many therapies available to address learning and communication for children with hearing impairment. With the advent of the cochlear implant, interest is growing in providing auditory learning environments to maximize the child’s use of hearing as a primary modality.
PROMPT® Therapy may be recommended as part of the intervention process because:
Clinical Note: A
A was referred to the practice at age 4 years by the Cochlear Implant Team at New York University Hospital because of poor speech intelligibility. She presented with deficits in both motor planning and linguistic processing systems. Conversational speech was difficult to understand without the benefit of a shared context. With the participation of A’s family and professional team, A has succeeded in achieving a high level of motor control and coordination at the sentence level... Learn More