The Dragonfly Story

Review of Intervention

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Otitis Media can affect infants from a few days old through to their teenage years and sometimes beyond. In the case of Indigenous children studies from Australia have shown that as many as 70 to 80 percent of Indigenous children in this age group may exhibit signs and symptoms of CHL/OM at any one time. Many of the children with conductive hearing loss are not diagnosed until they have well established difficulties with social, emotional, physical and educational development. It is suggested that the real cost of recurrent conductive hearing loss due to Otitis Media is the development of poor learning strategies and low self esteem. Children with low self esteem will often have difficulty making friends and maybe in the vicious cycle of failure at school, the older these children are before receiving support, the more resistant their behaviour becomes to change.