Children with hearing disability naturally have their limitations. You cannot play musical chairs with them, but you can still find many other ways to spend playtime with them. Playtime is important for growth and development of infant. Here are some of the best tips to play with your special child:
- Make it about them. Be child centred - Let them take the lead. This way, you allow them to show what they want to do. This motivated them as they feel more in control and validated for what they want to do.
- Make sure the play area is well lit so your kid can see your face.
- Try and learn gestures to communicate with your kid on a minuscule level from the start. This would help you get the hang of it. Your baby would also learn to associate body language and expressions with words and sentences.
- Always try to be on eye-level with your kid. This will keep them engaged and engrossed while playing.
- Please encourage your child to play with other kids to learn from others how to do certain things and improve their social skills and confidence.
I know all these parenting tips look like a tip for playing with a kid with no special needs. Well, it is more or less the same for playing with a kid who has a hearing disability. I understand your concern about providing them a safer environment and taking care of them in all aspects. There are best baby development books you can refer to as well. But playtime is one area where you should encourage your kids to take risks, do things naturally, and fail too if they do. This would help them gain confidence and feel inclusive and unrestricted.