The Dragonfly Story

Summary of Learning with CHL / OM

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Conductive hearing loss due to OM will have a significant impact on a child’s language, literacy and emotional development.  In the case of Indigenous children cultural issues may compound difficulties experienced by these children.  A child with a history of conductive hearing loss may experience language difficulties because he or she is continually using a different input base from which to enter rules of language, may miss or not entirely hear sounds, or the child may hear sounds differently from one time to another, this may cause the child’s learning strategies to become ineffective and disorganised causing delays in the maturity in the child’s sound system, use of complex speech patterns, and understanding language forms.  It’s also suggested that children with a history of conductive hearing loss in early infancy will have problems with their listening skills.  Children with a history of conductive hearing loss must be given plenty of practice to develop effective listening skills.