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building conversations
building concepts
positive parenting
learning from my family
learning through play
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Learning from my Family

mother and childBabies learn from their parents, families, and the place where they spend the most time. Babies with hearing loss are surrounded by caring individuals and opportunities to learn. Providing a rich learning environment for your baby can present a challenge; the experience you may have gotten from your own childhood or from bringing up other children suddenly seems inadequate. Actually, what your deaf or hard of hearing baby learns in your family will be very similar to what hearing children learn. With a few adjustments, you can help your baby learn those important lessons that only a family can provide.

Accomplishing daily routines
Making the most of family experiences
Participating in family communication
Learning polite conventions
Experiencing listening and music
Developing creativity and art
Acquiring family values