Government funding for hearing impaired children under 2 years old
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Currently government funding is only accessible in Lancashire for hearing impaired children over the age of 2 as it is deemed that under 2 a child has no need for communication. This is at odds with research that ages 0-3 are paramount for development both mentally and socially. To deny such a group from accessing ways to communicate is inhumane.
As a parent of a child that has been born with no auditory nerve, there is no solution to magically make him hear. Hearing aids & cochlear implants will have no effect. As such we are now starting sign language lessons with him and as he is only 1 year old we will have to self fund not only our lessons but for a teacher to go into nursery and develop his communication skills as well, so he can inclusively interact with his peers.
He already has a better vocabulary than his hearing twin sister and this is purely down to us starting to sign to him from the age of 6 months.
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