BY KELLY EDWARDS DEAF CULTURE PROFESSOR DONALD HASTINGS Presented APRIL 11, 2012
HEALTHY BABY BOY OR GIRL NORMAL BONDING EXPERIENCE BABY WILL LOOK LIKE/BE LIKE MOM AND DAD
BORN DEAF BORN HARD OF HEARING 1 in every 1,000 6 of every 1,000 are babies are born born with some degree of hearing Deaf. loss.Permanent hearing loss at birthannually affects 24,000 infants in theUSA; that is, 6 infants per 1,000 willhave a hearing loss in at least oneear that will affect communication,cognition, and educationaldevelopment. (National Institute ofHealth)
MY CHILD IS DEAF,SO WHAT DO I DO NOW? I will cry. I will be angry. I will look for answers as to “why” my child is Deaf. I will blame myself for my child‟s BUT… hearing loss. I will cry again. I probably won‟t learn sign I won‟t know where language. to turn for help. (Because only 23% of parents I will feel with Deaf children do!) inadequate. (Gallaudet Research-www.Gallaudet.edu „Substance Abuse: A Hidden Problem Within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities‟)
The Process Begins Choices Health Professional Hearing Aids An Audiologist Cochlear Implants An ENT Service Coordinator Hearing/Oral schools Speech and Language Pathologist State/Deaf schools Teacher of the Deaf Possibly a regular classroom Main streaming teacher ASL PSE SEE No sign language
Oddly enough, there are booksand television shows aboutteaching a hearing child to sign,but what about Deaf children?Deaf Children aremainstreamed into hearingschools and some are nevertaught a signed language.This typically adds to the angerand isolation that Deafindividuals already feel.
Communication A study done by Gallaudet Family acceptance University Peer acceptance Suggests that Self acceptance ONE OUT OF SEVEN Frustration Deaf and Hard of Hearing Anger Isolation will become Depression addicted to drugs or alcohol! That is 30% higher than individuals How to cope? That can hear!
Learning that your child is handicapped, whetherthis knowledge comes at birth or at some laterdate, is one of the most stressful of familyexperiences. As Howard (1978) noted, “Instead ofappreciating the baby‟s abilities, the family will seeinstead evidence of his deficiencies…each memberof this unit, including the handicapped child ,influences marital quality and family interaction”(Educational and Developmental aspects ofDeafness, Donald F. Moores; Gallaudet UniversityPress, 1990) BUT..
Deaf children are able to communicateThe Deaf child feels more safe and secureThe child‟s needs are more readily metThe parent/child bond is made strongerDeaf children feel more accepted not only at home, but in general. (Gallaudet Research www.Gallaudet.edu)
They argue lessEveryone can communicate exactly what they are feelingThe Deaf child is healthier emotionally, physically and psychologicallyThe Deaf child feels safe and secure
My family knew that I was Deaf,When I was only three,And since then, 15 years ago Thoughts of a Deaf ChildHave never signed to me.I know when I’m around the house,I try and use my voice,It makes them feel more comfortable;For me, I have no choice.I try to communicate their way,Uncomfortable for me.My parent’s wouldn’t learn to signAshamed or apathy?I never cared about the sound of radios and band;What hurts me is, I never heardMy parent’s signing hands. YouTube http;//www.youtube.com/user/4jsabc
Working BibliographyDan Reveal, 3/20/2012, Ways to Encourage Others to Use Sign LanguageGallaudet Research, Debra Guthmann, Substance abuse: A Hidden Problem Withinthe Deaf and Hard of Hearing World, Gallaudet PressAlone in a Hearing World, Laura LeKouiezPersonal Experience