Summer is here, and your child is enjoying summer break. Days without getting up early for school, preparing for tests or doing homework.

However, as a parent of a child with hearing loss, consider the importance of keeping your child’s listening and language skills sharp throughout the summer.

If you are looking for some specific activities that focus on strengthening your child’s listening and language skills over the summer, check out Part 1 for our first five summer activities, and our final five below:

  1. Spend the hot summer days or evenings reading together. Pick a special place in the house or outside, select a book and spend time reading it to your child each day (or them reading to you if they are older). For an older child, select a book series to read together. Each day read aloud to your child. Reading aloud to children at any age is an essential component to building their literacy skills.
  2. Have a backyard campfire. This is a great impromptu activity that can occur multiple times over the summer, assuming you have the landscape to do it. (If not, you can improvise and create the fun inside.) Sing songs, tell ghost stories, roast marshmallows and build memories—all the while you reinforce your child’s listening and language skills.
  3. Expand on a topic your child is really excited about; for example, learning about the stars. You and your child can do research about the topic by visiting the local library or exploring the internet. Create a book, draw a picture or make a model of your special topic together, and when summer is over your child can take it to school and share it with their new classmates and teacher.
  4. For a younger child, plan a field trip to an area zoo or park. Put it on your summer calendar and plan for your big event together by talking about what you will need to pack as you go on your field trip and what you might see while there. The day is sure to be full of fun, exploration and new language. Take pictures while you are there to commemorate the event.
  5. Choose a household project such as cleaning up the garage, building a tree house or a fort, or redecorating a room. These are great activities for older children to become engaged with you as the parent, develop new language skills and develop a strong work ethic.

For more resources to help a child with hearing loss, visit IWantYouToHear.com.

Renee Oehlerking
Renee Oehlerking is the Public Relations Manager at Cochlear Americas where she is responsible for the region’s public relations and consumer marketing social media. Renee enjoys uncovering, telling and showcasing the inspiring stories of hearing implant recipients. As a recent transplant to Denver, Colorado, Renee enjoys exploring all that the state has to offer outdoors.