TULSA — A line table and shelf of toys at Jacque Scholl's Tulsa audiology office is filled with toys, games and books aimed at helping kids to develop listening skills even though few are actually designed for that purpose.
“A lot of kids just never learn how to listen,” Scholl said. “Today kids are so glued to iPads and video games, and we are so willing to just give it to them.”
When she adopted her hearing-impaired daughter, Jayde, from China a year ago, Scholl learned there is a market out there for games and toys to help develop listening skills.
Just last week a case of 1,000 copies of a new game developed by Scholl arrived at her midtown office. The game, called Crazy Pants, is hopefully the first in a new line of toys under her Chatterbox Toys label.
Scholl said she started developing the game in April, taking what she knows about working with children and designing a game around it.
The game features a handful of brightly colored boards with articles of clothing, and parents and kids can work on activities such as matching and sequencing.
Scholl works with hundreds of kids every year, some with significant physical hearing problems and other children who seem delayed in developing hearing and speech as they pass their toddler years.
Her office also treats teens and adults with hearing problems, but by that age patients have already developed listening skills.