Q: When did you first decide to write a book for children with hearing loss?A:
I have worked with this population for several years, and am grateful for the wonderful resources that many of the listening device companies offer clients and their families. However, those resources/books tend to focus on the diagnosis, surgery, etc. I wanted to write a book that shows what happens next.
It is important to me that the book be a typical storybook that children can enjoy like any other bedtime story, but with a twist. This book promotes self advocacy, self knowledge, and paints a picture of situations that may arise as a school age child with hearing loss. Q: Why did you want to focus on children with hearing loss in your book?A:
Children with hearing loss are some of the most amazing clients I have ever had. Their tenacity, strong will, and overall vivacious personality is so important in their therapy and the type of people they become. This book would offer a way for them to be confident and knowledgeable about who they are, what their hearing loss means, how their listening devices work. Q: What are your goals for the project?A:
In the future, I would love for this book to be in every hearing impaired child's home and professional's office that work with children with a hearing loss. Past that, I do feel typically developing children can learn from this story as well by understanding tolerance and a new population.
My long term goal is to build a series about different speech and language diagnoses in various characters that children can relate to. Q: What do you feel are some of the key issues that children with hearing loss face on a daily basis?A:
I have been lucky enough to complete research in my academic and professional career on social conversational skills of children with hearing loss. This pragmatic component, I feel, is the most prevalent issue facing children with hearing loss on a day to day basis.
I have noticed that many of my clients who are children with hearing loss
, if utilizing the correct listening devices and attending auditory speech and language therapy consistently, do quite well auditorally, academically, etc. However, peer-to-peer social skills, and even adult-to-child interactions, can be difficult at times. It has become a focus for me not only in my research, but clinically as well.