COCHLEAR IMPLANT REHABILITATION
input will be targeted to meet your child's specific needs and may
address some or all of the following aspects of communication:-
training and listening skills
intelligibility and voice work
and use of grammar
speech without sign
awareness training (for family members, school staff)
Therapy embraces an array of approaches depending on what is suitable to meet the needs of your child. An eclectic mix is advocated which will include aspects of AVT (Auditory Verbal Therapy) where children are taught to learn by listening and visual communication such lip reading and sign language is discouraged.
In my current role within the NHS I work closely with multi-disciplinary teams involving professionals from Audiological Services, Rehabilitation Advisors from Crosshouse Cochlear Implant Centre, Teachers of the Deaf, Educational Audiologists and local NDCS representatives. I provide specialist therapy services to the child or teenager before the child receives the implant, during the assessment process and following implantation.
The literature shows that there are a number of factors that predict success with the use of cochlear implants; a primary factor among these is a period of intensive rehabilitation following cochlear implantation. Following 'switch-on', the auditory cortex of the brain begins to receive information from the incoming sound stream. These sounds are interpreted
through a process of identification and discrimination by the listener; and in this way the listener learns to attach meaning to those sounds. This process requires considerable investment of the parent's time and energy in helping their child learn to listen. Through a real understanding of the ways in which they can facilitate listening parents can play a key role in their child's speech & language development.