It is amazing how well we are able to communicate with limited signs and lip reading. There was never a moment where I felt she didn't understand what we were saying. "Eat lunch?" "Don't drink the water!" "Go on the slide?"
A month ago, a friend e-mailed me a link to a video of a family that came up with an ingenious way of wearing a processor in the pool. (Drew's Dad posted it as well) We look forward to offering this to her as an option when she is older. But at this point, we are pretty successful communicating at the pool. Other than the need to tap her on her shoulder instead of calling her name when we want to get her attention, there wasn't a glitch.
I imagined that as she got older and our communication became more developed, the limited conversation in un-aided situations would become frustrating. But after reading the latest entry on Lotte's blog, I think I may be underestimating what these kids are capable of. Toes is already showing signs that she "hears" without her processors. In another few years, I imagine she will be much like Lotte in her ability to "hear" - even without sound.
I don't think there will ever be a point where I stop being amazed at what CIs can do.
Based on a couple comments I've received off blog, I wanted to post a clarification regarding Erin "hearing" without her processors.
Erin by no means hears sound without her processors. What she "hears" (I believe) is an internal form of sound, based on lip reading common phrases she is familiar with. She "hears" the words in her head.
She has become a fantastic lip reader. When she is given familiar phrases used in the proper context, we are able to communicate with her extremely well without her processors on.
However, if we were to try to use a phrase she is not very familiar with or one that would not make sense in the context, she would not be as successful in understanding us.
I hope that helps clarify the post. Like many parents of CI Kids, I tend to emphasize successes. But I didn't want anyone to think I had convinced myself Erin could now "hear". ;)