Hearing Impaired Children: Parents Online Find Info, Support & Advice
(Jerusalem, May 10, 2010) - In this age of Web 2.0, more parents are going online to find support and advice. Parents of children with hearing loss often struggle to find guidance on raising their children with unique needs. One new website has opened up the lines of communication, offering advice and support to families of children with hearing loss.
HearingFamilies.com was launched by Dr. Efrat Schorr, a developmental psychologist, specializing in the social and emotional development of children with hearing loss in April 2010 because, "I needed this website myself." Schorr continues, "As a mother of a child with hearing loss, there were so many questions I had about my son's social and emotional development and I had nowhere to turn. I decided to start this website to share information that is hard to find."
Since the launch one month ago, parents have started conversing on a range of subjects from how to help adolescent children cope with the stress of cochlear implant device failure to answering children's questions when they wonder "will I always have a hearing loss?" Dena Lehrman remarks "This website makes me feel like there other parents out there who can relate to what we're going through as parents of a delightful 6 year old hearing impaired boy. We live in a community where there are very few hearing impaired children and it's wonderful that we can connect to a whole community of parents who are going through very similar issues."
According to Schorr "These issues are very emotional for parents since we want the very best for our kids. When we aren't sure what to do, we don't have many people to turn to since our usual sources of advice - family and friends, haven't dealt with these issues that are unique to our kids with hearing loss. This website aims to fill in this gap."
HearingFamilies.com is a website dedicated to supporting and strengthening families of children with hearing loss. By combining insights and perspectives from real families with the most up-to-date research, HearingFamilies provides advice and information that families of children with hearing loss need, along with encouragement and caring.