October 28, 2018
I heard that! cue as you listen to the sounds of birds

When will my child talk?

By: Shefali Shah

Ninety percent of babies who are deaf are born to parents with normal hearing. It is therefore understandable that most parents of babies with hearing impairment want their baby to talk. It is also understandable that parents expect their babies to talk as soon as hearing aids are fitted or cochl....

November 28, 2018

The Auditory-Verbal Way

By: Shefali Shah

In these early days, you may well find yourself wondering how your deaf child can possibly understand anything you are saying because the only thing that is booming through your mind is “hearing loss”.

Use these tips to help you trust that your child does indeed understand....

December 28, 2018

The Wait Cue in Auditory-Verbal Therapy

By: Shefali Shah

For a generation that lives life at the speed of clicks, it is difficult to come to grips with the reality that children aren’t quite ‘clickable’. Young children need to be allowed time to learn and young deaf children perhaps need to be allowed a little more tim....

15 January 2019

Making Auditory-Verbal Therapy Effective

By: Shefali Shah

You are the most important element in the intervention for your hearing-impaired child. The key responsibility of the professionals who work with you and your family, will guide you to stay healthy, happy and well-rested so that your child receives the care s/he needs to develop spoken lan....

29 January 2019

Why choose Auditory-Verbal Therapy?

By: Shefali Shah

The presence of hearing loss means that you are going to have to choose how you wish to communicate with your child and how you would like your deaf child to communicate in turn. Your family may choose to raise your deaf child ....

13 February 2019

Making Auditory-Verbal Therapy Work

By: Shefali Shah

In the early days of fitting your baby or young child with hearing aids, it is natural to wonder if s/he is hearing you and whether or not s/he really understands anything of what is being said. While this perspective is not unusual, it is critical that you discuss thi....

26 February 2019

Colds and Hearing Loss

By: Shefali Shah

As you take your baby or young child through several appointments in Audiology, you are anxious to complete the testing procedure and obtain diagnostic information on the degree and type of he....

13 March 2019

Read to me

By: Shefali Shah

One of my lasting memories of the value of Auditory-Verbal Therapy for deaf children will be of toddlers tugging at their mothers’ clothes, urging them to read one more story.

Auditory-Verbal....

28 March 2019

Listening First

By: Shefali Shah

Listening First is a powerful technique in Auditory-Verbal Therapy that helps orient the deaf child to understand that listening signals an event. This means that the speaker dra....

30 April 2019

Read to me (Part II)

By: Shefali Shah

Children with hearing loss who have been read to from infancy quickly develop a love of reading. Part II of this blog guides you to nurture this interest, as your g....

28 May 2019

Counting through the day

By: Shefali Shah

Numbers and numeracy skills come alive in the hustle and bustle of your everyday life! Don’t....

27 June 2019

The Joy Of Listening

By: Shefali Shah

Experiencing Sound for the first time can be overwhelming. Device-activation (or switch-on) of cochlear-implanted children always reminds me of this.

In being connected to Sound for the first t....

25 July 2019

How do I help my child answer questions?

By: Shefali Shah

I have had some families remark that their hearing-impaired child imitates most of what they say but does not necessarily answer questions as asked.....

25 July 2019

How do I help my child answer questions?

By: Shefali Shah

I have had some families remark that their hearing-impaired child imitates most of what they say but does not necessarily answer questions as a....

27 November 2019

Chat Time

By: Shefali Shah

“How do I chat with my toddler? She doesn’t really talk as yet.”

As parents....