Here are some options to consider:
- Learn to use the child’s hearing and speak. This is the auditory-oral method and it helps the child to listen, read lips and speak. The Canossian School in Singapore supports this method
- Learn to listen using the child’s residual hearing to listen and speak. This is called auditory-verbal therapy. This method does not encourage lip reading. Each of the three hospital centres listed above support this method.
- Learn to use sign language. The Singapore Association for the Deaf supports this method
- Learn to use hand shapes that stand for sounds. This is called cued speech. It uses hand shapes to “show” the sounds you can’t see by reading lips.
- Learn to use some of these methods together. This is called total communication. The Singapore School for the Deaf supports this method