By Virginia Frazier-Maiwald
Educators -- considered one of them a guardian of 2 deaf young children -- provide optimistic recommendation and encouragement on assisting childrens adapt to deafness. suggested in those pages is the bimodal communique process, which includes having the kid, mom and dad, and different non-deaf kin mix signal language and speech because the first step to basic communique. The booklet additionally bargains a lot sturdy normal suggestion on parenting. The authors tension that deaf and listening to young children are extra alike than they're diversified.
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Every professional you meet, both medical and educational, may give different opinions and advice. Some professionals encourage the use of sign language. Others encourage focusing on listening and speech exclusively. This conflicting advice can become confusing. As the parent, you are the leader of the team when it comes to your child. Trust your instincts and make choices with confidence. I truly had wanted someone to lead me through the work ahead, giving me all the answers, making all the decisions, and dealing with all the challenges that deafness was < previous page page_43 next page > < previous page page_44 next page > Page 44 bringing.
It is very important for parents to realize that no one professional can give you all the answers. These people can < previous page page_34 next page > < previous page page_35 next page > Page 35 be your allies and help you understand the special needs of your deaf or hard-of-hearing child. However, you, as the parent, are ultimately responsible for your child's development and you have to make the hard decisions. It will be helpful to understand who these professionals are, what their background and training is, and what their perspective is.
Many will engage themselves learning about deafness and signing. They will consider this an opportunity for new learning. Furthermore, cousins and other children in the family may find that learning signs is an exciting new way to communicate. Meghan and Sean's cousins boast about the deafness in the family, showing off their sign skills to their friends. They cannot wait until the children visit to practice and learn more signs. On one occasion, Meghan and Sean went to school for "show and tell" to teach a cousin's class sign language.
Keys to Raising a Deaf Child by Virginia Frazier-Maiwald