This outstanding book breaks down the important things today’s parents need to know and do, from first diagnosis to educational steps in the journey toward raising a listening and talking child. Chapters include tips (e.g., helping your baby or toddler ease into hearing device use, exposing him to language at home) plus easy to understand information on relevant topics such as pediatric hearing tests, IEP team roles, resources and more. This valuable resource doubles as a college textbook for deaf education and early intervention programs.
Chapters cover a range of topics, including:
- pediatric hearing tests
- hearing devices
- accomplishing use of hearing devices during all waking hours
- listening and the brain
- fostering language and speech during daily routines
- IFSP and IEP team roles
- the importance of play and literacy
- educational placements and various resources
Small Talk is co-authored by Ellie White, MS MAEd, CED and Jenna Voss, PhD, CED, LSLS Cert. AVEd. They offer more than 40 years of combined early intervention experience.
“I love this book. The families I have known often feel overwhelmed with the information they need to deal with their child’s hearing loss at one point or another.
It most always happens in the beginning. It most certainly happens at other times along the path. This book is a well thought out resource for those times. When the professionals explain something important and you forget half of it somewhere on the drive home, that’s normal. This book helps you fill in what you didn’t get or couldn’t remember and allows you and your family to learn on your own schedule according to need.
It’s well organized from front to back with practical tips and explanations about hearing, testing, technology, language, music, reading and school. If you are a parent on this path with a child who has hearing loss, this book is a great addition to your “backpack” of tools that will help you on your way.
David Sindrey, MClSc, LSLS Cert. AVT