How to relate with deaf children

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How to relate with deaf children

  1. 1. HOW TO RELATE TO A DEAF CHILD: A Seminar for Parents of the Deaf March 5, 2011 Joy L. Cristal .joycristal@gmail.com joy.cristal@benilde.edu.ph
  2. 2. Objectives of the Seminar EXAMINE Hearing parents -Deaf children relationship by identifying issues & points of conflict; UNDERSTAND Hearing parents-Deaf children relationship by recognizing the impact & consequences of deafness on the relatoinship; PROPOSE ways to improve the relationship between Hearing parents and Deaf children. Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  3. 3. DEAF PARENTS- DEAF CHILDREN RELATIONSHIP HEARING PARENTS –DEAF CHILDREN RELATIONSHIP Our Focus The DYNAMICS of the relationships differ. Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  4. 4. 90 % deaf children With Hearing parents 10 % 90 % of Deaf Children are born to Hearing Parents Many hearing parents are not prepared to have deaf children. Don’t go out. Watch T.V. Uhh! I’m bored! Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  5. 5. Relationship is a journey together. Hearing Parents Deaf Child D E V E L O P M E N T D E V E L O P M E N T Parenthood Deafhood - Growth & maturation as parents. - To be the largest Deaf person one can possibly be. (Ladd, 2004)Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  6. 6. Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011 RELATIONSHIP Emotional Bond -Love & Acceptance Communication -Clarity & Adequacy Control -Expectations (rules & norms) Awareness & understanding of the Deaf Experience Perspectives on Deaf People
  7. 7. Emotional Bond: Issue on Acceptance Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011 Have I accepted my deaf child for what s/he is? Or I still wish s/he becomes hearing; acts & behaves like a hearing person? Do my parents accept me as a Deaf person? I feel they want me to become like a hearing person.
  8. 8. Communication: Issue on lack of communication & Miscommunication Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011 I like to sign to express myself well. Speak. Practice your speech. Very poor English skills !
  9. 9. Parents’ Control over the Deaf Child: Issue on Deaf Uniqueness:Language, identity & culture Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011 HEARING Parents decide on: 1.Communication mode -preference on speech 2. Identity (personal/group) 3. Perspectives on Deaf people 4.Behavior as a Deaf person The Deaf child’s reactions to parental control might change with growing awareness as a Deaf person.
  10. 10. Understanding the Deaf Experience How well do hearing parents understand the Deaf Experience? Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  11. 11. ANO PO ANG GUSTO NYONG MALAMAN SA INYONG MGA ANAK NA DEAF? ANO ANG PROBLEMA NYO SA MGA ANAK NYONG DEAF? Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  12. 12. Common Questions of Hearing Family Members (Parents/ Brothers & Sisters) • 1. Bakit ang anak kong Deaf ayaw mag-stay sa bahay? Gusto lagi nasa Deaf friends? (Why my Deaf child does not like to stay home? S/he likes always with Deaf friends.) • 2. Bakit ang bagal matuto ng anak kong Deaf? (Why does my Deaf child’s learning lag behind?) • 3. Bakit ang anak kong Deaf parang immature ? Mas mature pa sa kanya yung bunso! (Why does my Deaf child seems immature? The youngest is more mature than her/him.) Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  13. 13. The real handicap of deafness is in the area of communication. It affects all aspects of development because of the role that communication plays in human life. Communication & Language Deficiencies COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT SOCIAL Development EMOTIONAL Development MORAL SPIRITUAL Development Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  14. 14. PARENTS TEACHERS STRANGERS PROFESSIONALS RELATIVES PEERS NEIGHBORS SIBLINGS DEAF SELF What does it mean to be deaf? Am I normal? Am I OKAY ? Am I inferior? MEMBERS OF OTHER COMMUNITIES Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  15. 15. The Deaf Person Results of Successful Coping Results of Poor Coping Having social adjustment difficulties Clear Identity Unresolved Identity Socially Adjusted Emotionally Adjusted High self-esteem Realistic self-concept Having emotional Issues Low self-esteem Poor self-concept Cognitive Development at par w/peers; Informed Delayed Cognitive Devt. Information deficit Language competent; Age- appropriate reading & writing skills Language incompetent; Low reading & writing skills; very poor vocabulary Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  16. 16. The Developmental Environment The Hearing Family The Hearing Community The Deaf Community The Deaf Child Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  17. 17. Deaf way Deaf World Deaf Culture Deaf people are members of a culture & a linguistic minority sector. Hearing World Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  18. 18. Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011 Hearing Parents Deaf Chikl HEARING CULTURE DEAF CULTURE Awareness of the cultures and Adjustment to each other Relationship CONFLICT may happen.
  19. 19. 1. SOCIOEMOTIONAL NEEDS –acceptance, belonging, HAPPINESS, friendship, support, IDENTITY, etc. 2. LEARNING NEEDS -language, news, stories, information, etc. 3. IDEALS & ASPIRATIONS AS DEAF PEOPLE ‘FOUND IT! Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011
  20. 20. Some recommendations … AWARENESS BALANCE COMMUNICATION - learn about Deaf people. -consider the Deaf child’s feelings/needs. - “talk” & LISTEN to your Deaf child; dialogue if necessary. Joy L. Cristal /March 5, 2011

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