Having a child who is deaf or has a hearing condition isn’t something every parent expects, but it’s not a difficult situation to deal with. It merely requires some adjustment in your life to ensure that your child is happy.
One important question you may have on your mind is how to get your child engaged in sports. You wouldn’t think that hearing would play an important part, but it actually does.
But don’t see this as a hindrance. There are still some way you can get your child interested in sports that ensures their safety.
Maybe your child has shown some interest in sports but is afraid to consider it because of their hearing impairment. Encourage them to try out any way to see if they like it and that they shouldn’t let their disability get in the way of having fun.
Children are pretty adaptable, and not only will they be having fun, they’ll also gain some confidence while doing so.
Make sure that they are wearing headgear if it’s a full-contact sport. Also, invest in some high-tech hearing devices at reasonable prices so that they can still hear what’s going on around them.
If you find that your child is interested in a particular sport, encourage them to follow deaf sports ambassadors, whether it’s on social media or finding news articles for them to read.
This will inspire them to want to take up the sport and encourage them to follow in that person’s footsteps. They can see, firsthand, that their hearing impairment isn’t going to stop them if they’re determined enough.
Speaking With Coaches/Teammates
Having a conversation with the coach and the other teammates about communication requirements will make it much easier for your child to adjust to their new surroundings. Communication could take place through sign language, lip-reading, or a combination of these methods, whatever makes your child most comfortable.
Speak to the coach about team-building exercises. This will help your child to make friends on the team and will help their teammates to understand what your child’s needs are.
They will learn to adjust their own behavior to better accommodate your child so that it’s easier for them to fit in. It will also teach their teammates to be more open-minded about other people who are not like them.
The last and most important thing is to have fun. Your child may not end up being the next sports superstar, and that’s okay. If they’re having fun doing it, even if they’re not the best, it means that they’re still achieving something.
And if they’re not having fun, they’ll tell you. Stopping a sport doesn’t mean they’ve failed; it just means they haven’t found something that they enjoy.
Don’t let your child’s hearing impairment get in the way of them being active during their younger years. The more things that they try out, the more well-rounded they’ll be as they grow older. And that’s not something you can teach without taking some risks.