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Lucie Herridge
Lucie is a lifestyle and parenting blogger from Hampshire, UK.

She is mummy to 3-year-old Harry who is profoundly deaf and a bilateral Advanced Bionics cochlear implant user. She loves drinking tea, cozy nights in with her family and pinning on Pinterest!

4 Tips for a Hearing Loss Friendly Easter Egg Hunt

Easter is this Sunday, which means we’re getting ready for lots of family time and of course Easter egg hunts!

Any special event requires some extra planning, but I’ve found that especially with my deaf toddler, extra noise, people, and activities can be especially overwhelming and daunting. There are ways, however, to ensure these special events are inclusive and fun for them!

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My thoughts on raising a deaf child

Today I wanted to share with you a few thoughts, feelings and beliefs I have as a normal hearing parent raising a deaf child. 

If you have been following our journey on Hearing Like Me, you’ll know that my son Harry is three and is profoundly deaf. He wears Advanced Bionics bilateral cochlear implants, which he hears fantastically well through, but of course without them he is again in a world of silence. 

He is and always will be a deaf person.

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My Top 5 Sensory Toys for Deaf Babies and Children

Sensory toys are toys that are particularly aimed at stimulating the senses, which is particularly important for deaf babies and children because they rely heavily on their senses to learn. 

I have always loved playing with sensory toys with my son Harry.  They are fun as well as educational, and I find that there are certain toys that stimulate his senses the most and keep him engaged. For example, Harry has always liked toys with textures, or those with little doors to open and flaps to lift.  He has always gone for the bright colored noisy toys as opposed to the pretty wooden ones!

If you’re new to sensory toys, this list will help you get started. Here are our 5 favorite sensory toys…

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My child has had cochlear implants for 2 years. Here’s 4 things I’ve noticed

This month marks Harry’s hearing birthday, meaning he has been hearing now through his cochlear implants for two years!

I really have nothing but positive news for you in this little update on Harry’s hearing progress. Not only has my toddler naturally grown into a little, strapping lad, but his behavior, speech, language and communication skills have also come on leaps and bounds. He seemed to settle into life with a cochlear implant almost instantly, and he loves to hear so much.  In fact his favourite thing to say is “what’s that sound?!”

“…his favourite thing to say is ‘what’s that sound?!'”

Here are four things I’ve noticed so far with Harry, after two years with his cochlear implants:

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5 Ways to Celebrate a “Hearing Birthday”

My son’s cochlear implant has changed all of our lives, especially his, so we like to mark his ”hearing birthday” with a little celebration every year. 

I can’t believe he has been hearing now for almost 2 years! (I also can’t believe I have a three-year-old!) Time has zoomed by, but we have had already so many special moments of him hearing. 

Here are some of my favorite ways to celebrate his hearing birthday:

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How to prepare your child for a cochlear implant

So you found out your child has severe hearing loss.

Maybe you discovered it during a newborn hearing screening, or maybe they were already a few months old and not responding to your voice.  Your child might already have hearing aids, or you might be discussing with an audiologist about getting your child fit with a cochlear implant. 

You and your child may just be embarking on their hearing journey, and it may seem overwhelming. Especially because it could take months or even years before your child can be considered and then fit with a cochlear implant. But there are still a lot of things you can do to prepare them for being implanted, and help develop their communication skills long before activation day.

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What you should know about my son’s cochlear implant

I am constantly being flooded with questions about Harry’s cochlear implant.

Whilst I am so happy and comfortable answering them, I know that some parents of children with hearing technology find it hard to talk about or explain to someone about them. Especially those whom have never had experience with a cochlear implant user before.

In this post I am going to cover common questions I am asked, and tell you the best way that I answer them!

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5 Tips to Help Your Deaf Toddler Communicate

Being a toddler is hard, we know.  The tears, tantrums and frustrations are totally normal, but for deaf children those times can be extra hard for them and for you as their parent.

While your child is building up their understanding of the world, they may be also getting used to their hearing aids or cochlear implant, so it’s understandable that they could become frustrated when trying to communicate. Luckily, I’ve found a few ways to help my toddler through this tough stage.

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