Behaviour Management

As a therapist, I frequently see parents putting up with behaviours that they would not accept from their hearing children. A hearing impaired child gets his way most of the time! And of course, there is a very good reason why this is so – there is little communication between parent and child.

When the child is very young and the child’s hearing disability has not been identified, a mother talks naturally and communicates with natural gestures and expressions. But slowly, as the child grows, being unable to hear, his responses do not evolve appropriately – he responds well to touch and sight but begins to lag behind in his response to sound. These can be confusing to an unsuspecting parent. As years pass (and if no action is taken) the parent might speak less and less, use more gestures, communication becomes rudimentary, the parent grows more and more impatient and finally gives in.

So, a very important part of therapy, is setting limits and managing behavior. This will lead to more communication between parent and child and less acrimony between them. Communication through spoken language is the next step.

If you have any doubts on behavioural/disciplining aspects you may contact our counsellor at sadhya@gmail.com

 

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