During the course of this school year, I have been volunteering at an organization called the Children’s Hearing Institute. This company was founded in 1983 with the mission of helping hearing-impaired children regain their hearing, improve their speech and language skills, and achieve academic success. The Children’s Hearing Institute’s most noteworthy achievement is its use of Cochlear Implants. These implants are used to restore sound to those who are unable to hear. The Children’s Hearing Institute has benefited the lives of numerous families over the course of nearly three decades of hard work.
For my volunteer work at the Children’s Hearing Institute, I spend time with hearing-impaired children, all of whom have Cochlear Implants or hearing aids, and work towards improving their speech and listening skills. I also use iPads, equipped with several educational apps, as a way of working with the children. Over the few months I have so far spent volunteering, I found that the kids are more attentive and focused when working with the iPads than when just speaking to them normally. They are fascinated by the fact that, with this technology, they can have fun while their language and hearing abilities are being improved. The apps on the iPads allow the kids to do a range of things, from repeating phrases to reading aloud stories to forming sentences. However, each app is used with the same intention of improving the children’s speech and language skills by having them listen and speak aloud. Overall, I have really enjoyed volunteering at the Children’s Hearing Institute and I look forward to continuing my work there.