As a child care provider, you might notice that a child seems to have trouble hearing. The problem may be temporary, or it may continue over time. If you suspect that a child in your child care program is having hearing problems, observe the child over several days. Watch for some of the following signs that may point to difficulties in hearing. Sometimes you may see only a few signs; in other cases, you may see many.
The following are common signs that may suggest a hearing disability. Child care providers should pay attention when a child
Be sure to share what you observe with the child's parents. Refer to the article Tips for Child Care Providers to Communicate Concerns about Children's Development with Parents for suggestions on how to approach parents with your concerns.
For more information on supporting children with special needs in a child care program, check out the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care section on Child Care for Children with Special Needs, or take a look at the article Adapting the Child Care Environment for Children with Special Needs. To find specific ways to support children with hearing disabilities in the child care environment, see Specific Ideas for Child Care Providers to Help Children with Hearing Disabilities.