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Learning results for parents
A well informed parent is the key to preparing a young child for surgery (Justus et al. 2006). Clinicians should therefore encourage parents to keep a journal of any questions they have concerning their child’s CI surgery and acute habilitation programme, and ensure sufficient time is set aside in relevant appointments to discuss these information needs and/or concerns. Keeping the child’s routine as normal as possible on the day of surgery is a fundamental recommendation, as is enabling parents (familiar caregivers) to be with their young child as much as possible―in accordance with hospital guidelines―both pre- and post-surgery.
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PROVIDING HABILITATION THERAPY BEFORE IMPLANTATION
It is important that the wearing of hearing aids continues to be emphasized in pre-surgery therapy, both in terms of device acceptance/consistent use, and to maximise stimulation of any residual hearing. (Note: a lightweight pilot cap, headband or hat may help keep an infant’s hearing aids in place until he is accustomed to having something on his ears all waking hours.) The parent and child’s shared experience of daily routines, nursery songs (e.g., “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”) and picture books provides the starting point for a child’s habilitation therapy before CI switch-on. Therapists should therefore guide and coach parents to embellish their established routines with cues to “listen” for sound and/or speech, in preparation for the addition of CI hearing to their child’s experience of everyday life.
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