Re: Hearing loss
Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Fri, 15 Jul 1994 09:02:50 EDT
>This boy is on ritalin and also has a rather profound hearing loss of about
>75%. He is quite good at lip reading and has no trouble in a 1:1 situation,
>however dealing with large groups might pose trouble for him.
I haven't had to deal with homesickness, but I did have a girl that was
hearing impaired. She wore two hearing aids and could still only understand
about 70% of what was said. She was also very good at reading lips and
she knew sign language. Most of our girls knew some sign as well (they were
taught in school) and had very few problems communicating with her. However,
when we went to an event she always wanted either one of her parents OR her
interpreter along. Although she did well in the troop setting she got 'lost'
in larger groups (as you surmised). No one in the troop was fluent in
sign, and reading lips gets very tiresome. She just needed someone that
was trained to work with hearing impaired people in a group setting. Once
we met that need (generally by allowing her to bring someone she was
comfortable with) she had a great time at camp and other events. I had this
girl when she was a Brownie, but I understand that she is till active
in Girl Scouting (she is a Cadette now) and working on her Silver Award.
I suspect that your scout is afraid of dealing with his hearing disability
in a new setting, that will be very different from what he is used too.
Also there will be a new SM, and although you will inform him. It takes
adjusting to be able to communicate effectively with someone who is hearing
impaired. You might not realise it, but the scout does (He deals with it all
the time). I 'll bet he is just afraid of getting 'lost'. Having someone
with him that he is used to communicating with and knows his needs can
make all the difference. I would suggest you let the father come along.
Especially since it isn't a problem for the troop.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City