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My Child Has a Hearing Loss...What Next?

Information and resources for parents of newly diagnosed deaf and hard of hearing children.

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Skwish Classic

Note: Review only, product no longer for sale.

Finally, a toy that has no wrong-side-up!

An ingenious toy of dowels, beads, bells and strong elastic cord. Exceptionally light and "grabbable" from any angle. "Skwish" it flat and it bounces right back. Colourful clacking beads slide along the dowels. Helps develop motor skills, stimulates visually and encourages exploration. (Awards: Parents Choice Honour, National Parenting Pub. Award...) Size: 6".

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Skwish Classic
Skwish Classic

Play Tip!

You can't keep a good Skwish down! Encourage your child to press a Skwish flat. You say "Down" with a falling voice. When they let go and the Skwish bounces say "up!"


Typical Access Profile

Auditory

Normal
Low
Extremely Low
Not Using Hearing
Hyper-Acute

Vision

Normal
Low
Extremely Low
Not Using Vision

Gross Motor

All
Some
Few
Not Using Gross Motor

Fine Motor

All
Some
Few
Not Using Fine Motor

Developmental Age Range

0 - 2
3 - 5
6 - 8
9 - 12
13 and Over

Language

Typical
Some Spoken
Receptive Only
Sign
Assistive/Augmentitive
Not Using Language
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Interpreting Facial Emotions

Many children (especially those with autism-like conditions) have difficulty interpreting facial expressions and understanding why people feel certain emotions. Moody Bear Puzzle, Emotion Cards, Smart Alex software all offers an opportunity to recognize expressions and hopefully talk about why the person might be happy or frightened. Try using them with a mirror and perhaps Polaroids of familiar people showing the same emotions. Eventually see if your child can make (and understand) the expressions, then take their pictures!

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