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Young kids have little or no control over their lives. Relating to others is one thing that begins to empower them.

That’s why it goes without saying, that children communicating goes hand-in-hand. You, the caregivers, are the most important influences in your toddlers worlds.

Connecting with you at an early age will feed them emotionally and intellectually.

More and more educational research confirms what wise parents have always known – you will establish the lasting foundation of your child’s physical, mental, and spiritual health by meeting all these needs during those first few years.

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And naturally, the time you share with your child will be of higher quality when you are more interactive.

My own children are all grown now. Now here are the grandchildren and sign language was never taught to them.

But they’re all understanding to the fact deaf children do exist in our society, and it’s also important to look out for the signs of going deaf.

They also understand that ‘our eyes’ are important in regards to non-verbal connection.

A TIME FOR UNDERSTANDING

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Our eye’s tend to look a little deeper to understand each other. This process would lead to a closer sense of connection.

I feel that by experiencing communication in this way, you tap a little deeper into the roots of parent/child bonding – the more dynamic your communication, the stronger your bond.

Parents who do learn early sign language, get incredible satisfaction. They enjoy teaching sign language to their toddlers at an early age.

Many who have used this system have expressed the delight they experienced a connection with their kids so early in their lives. Many parenting rewards are built on a foundation of good faith.

We found that our kids expressed themselves clearly when speech began. By clearly, I mean they were able to chose or search for the precise words to express their thoughts.

They followed a logical and systematic parents in expressing themselves.

This process would follow the same pattern as the way in which I had introduced a sign for an object or situation. Many youngsters continue to use signs after they begin speaking because it’s so much fun.

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While I have your attention, I’d like to offer a couple of suggestions.

When your children begin to speak, they will learn and use whatever words you give them.

Don’t underestimate their intelligence and memory.

Use correct and accurate words. Even if they cannot pronounce a word perfectly, they have heard it and will eventually use it in the correct context.

I knew a parent who would teach his son specific words for injuries, (bruise, cut, scrape, etc;).

They learned to distinguish the different types of injuries, while I noticed other kids their ages still said ‘ouch’ or ‘owie’ for all injuries. This is just an example; you can carry this idea through all vocabulary development.

Teaching your youngster sign, starting with a “baby” word for ‘wanting something,’ only to replace it later with a more sophisticated word , may be doing them a disservice.

BE A CONCERNED PARENT, BUT DON’T SMOTHER

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One last bit of advice: I know some parents who, with all good intentions, want to be such good parents that they over anticipate and meet their kid’s every need too readily.

The drawback here is that these youngsters rarely have an opportunity to express their needs.

Sometime between the first indication of need and the screaming stage is the opportunity to introduce signs.

This way, you can be most effective in helping your infants develop their ability to tell you exactly what they want.

Also, don’t ask your kid to sign out of context, perform for others, or compare your him or her to other ones.

Be careful not to show disappointment if your youngster chooses not to sign in a particular situation even if your kid has signed in a similar situation before.

Remember, don’t make signing with your baby a lesson, but use signs in your daily life as an augmentation to your speech. Don’t teach the signs, just sign. Let your baby discover.

Babies have control over their hands long before they develop the fine motor skills required for speech.

By teaching their infants to sign, starting as early as eight months, more and more parents, grandparents and caregivers are recognizing the many benefits of this early signing.

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Scientific research is revealing that a baby can understand and express much more than what was previously thought possible.

More and more people are beginning to take advantage of these important findings.

Now you as a parent seeking additional knowledge, you can use these findings to tap into your baby’s astounding, capacity for understanding and enhance the bonding process by building an early foundation for effective connecting.

WANTING A NORMAL CHILD

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Producing a normal child is an important parental need. The motives may include biological instinct (preservation of mankind), self-esteem, social pressures, a wish to care for and nurture someone younger and more helpless, a wish to continue the family line, a desire to prove that one is competent, a need to undo one’s own bad experience as a child, and many others.

The effect of a child’s deafness on the family needs to be understood in light of these emotionally loaded motives.

Aside from the obvious reason that knowing the cause of their child’s deafness may influence how he or she is managed, parents (like all people) have a need to understand, and if possible to control, what happens to them.

After the shock of diagnosis, parents often fear that in some way they have caused the deafness. These parental fears roughly fall into two categories: things they might have done wrong, and things they may have neglected to do.

For example, those parents who emotionally rejected their child during the pregnancy (smoked too much, drink too much, engaged in sexual activity outside the times pronounced safe by their doctors, or tried to abort the unborn child), may feel guilty, although it is highly unlikely that any of these factors influenced the deafness.

Producing a child who is physically different often prompts feelings of inadequacy, especially if it is the first child. Knowing the cause of deafness is desirable and may help reduce doubts about the ability to cope with the loss.

Some families are very concerned with the question of genetics: which side of the family did it come from?

Will the hereditary tendency affect others in the family who may not yet be born – the brothers and sisters of this deaf child? Should children and communication ever become a problem?

These are questions that should be answered for the family by their physician or, if the situation is complex, by referral to a genetic counseling clinic.

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Author:Ronald Kennedy

Ron attended the Art institute of Chicago in 1980 and Harold Washington College in 1997. He graduated from Malcolm X College in May, 2000 majoring in 'Hearing Loss in America' and 'Children with Hearing Disabilities Around the World' (Ron has another interesting website, https://lovefolks.com regarding Love, Dating & Relationship). A Graduate of Malcolm X College in 2000 with an associate's degree in applied science, Ron also worked with the 'Chicago Area Autopsy Service' which is affiliated with the Medical Examiners Office, near downtown Chicago. The service covered all the local and suburban hospitals when reports of a death is called in.

29 responses to “How Deaf Children Like Communicating | Easy Learning.”

  • DELJAR June 12, 2017 at 6:15 am Reply 

    Your article about communicating in sign language is very informative. To teach sign language as early as the toddler years is very important for the development of speech because it aids in better understanding the context of words. Is Sign Language the same as Makaton Signing? I have used Makaton Signing to my son who has ASD when he was little as an aid to communicating with him. I used it everytime I spoke to him to aid his understanding of the spoken word. It’s a wonderful and useful tool.


    • Ronald Kennedy June 13, 2017 at 4:01 pm Reply 

      Hello DELJAR and thanks for dropping by. First and foremost, I’m happy that you found my site informative and can be used to help others. I’ve always stated that parents should learn the art of signing to better help communicate with others in the deaf community. Toddlers are smarter than you think we it comes down to comprehending data.

      Using sign language vs. the Makaton technique is generally about the same. The Makaton Language Programme uses a multimodal approach to teach language and literacy skills, through a combination of speech, signs, and graphic symbols used concurrently, or, only with speech with signs, or, only with speech with graphic symbols as appropriate for the student’s needs.

      Bottom line: regardless of what’s used, the end results should be the same; satisfied success. I’m very glad to hear that the tool you used to communicate with your son, got the job done and everyone was happy.

      Thanks again DELJAR for stopping by. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.


  • Randene September 2, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply 

    Oh how I wish I had done this with my three daughters. Now they’re teenagers and my 13 year old is advocating for signing in schools. I can imagine how much empowerment a child can experience if they are taught to sign as a baby. Thank you for this informative and encouraging post!


    • Ronald Kennedy September 2, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply 

      Hello Randene and thank you for commenting. Sign language has been around for a long time and lately, it’s been an important factor for young children to be taught this skill. Some parents, who have acquired this skill, start teaching their children, hearing and non-hearing, sign language as young as 2 years old.

      These actions from parents do make sense because as children age, they’re better to communicate with deaf children in the non-hearing community. This is important regarding the educational growth in a child. More schools in selected cities, are adding this into their curriculum for interested students to learn.

      Thank you again, my friend for stopping by. Please share this post with others. Also, let me know if I can do anything else for you or if you have additional question. 


  • Archtrove October 4, 2017 at 5:52 am Reply 

    Its such a good idea to teach them from an early age. Kids are far more receptive to picking up new skills than adults. Sign language is great for communication even if you do not need to use it. I also think it may make the child have more empathy.


    • Ronald Kennedy October 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm Reply 

      Hi Archrove and thanks for dropping by. I’m glad you found some value in my article. I try to be as detailed as I could when it comes to this touchy and critical subject. I’ve stated before that parents should take up these signing skills to teach among their children. To go a step further, educators should be required to tech this to their young students.

      When a young person starts school, as a parent, you always want the best for your child. I think it would be great for instructor’s to start slow with children, as they advance to higher grades, then teachers should increase what’s being taught to them.

      You know Archrove, what would really be a great thing is when hearing and non-hearing students can communicate with each other within the community and really understand one another, with little or no problems. Again, more specialized education among educators is needed. This should also be a pre-requisite instilled within college courses for interested students. 

      Thanks again Archrove for stopping by. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.


  • Sara January 13, 2018 at 1:17 pm Reply 

    I really love how knowledgeable you are on this topic! It definitely shows in the amount of information you have to offer as well. I do not know anyone who is deaf in my immediate family, but I do have a 6 month old son that I would love to teach sign language to!


    • Ronald Kennedy January 14, 2018 at 5:14 am Reply 

      Hi Sara, how are you? Thank you for checking in with me and commenting. This is a subject that touches many families around the globe. There is help that’s provided online where a person can seek more information, but I feel most sites doesn’t get thorough enough. 

      In addition to spending time in college studying hearing loss in America, I also worked around people were partially deaf. My dad suffered from this as well. I believe in doing hard research to provide my readers with as much info as I can. 

      You mentioned your interest in learning sign language to teach to your 6 month old son. Studies have shown that some babies can learn simple signs as young as 6 months. But your baby may not have the hand control to be able to sign back to you until he’s 8 or 9 months old. You can start teaching signs to your baby when you think he’s ready – even if she can’t sign back yet.

      Sarah, I strongly recommend this tool to help you get started. This has helped many others. Click on this ink and let me know how it goes: https://babydosign.com/sign-wi


  • Melissa January 16, 2018 at 7:54 am Reply 

    What a great post! I did not teach my children to sign, but I work with people with disabilities who, even if they are not deaf, use basic sign language to communicate. Babies learn to communicate earlier with their parents through sign, and people who aren’t able to use words to communicate with others also use sign language successfully. I am happy to see that this is gaining popularity.


    • Ronald Kennedy January 16, 2018 at 9:32 pm Reply 

      Hi Melissa, thanks for checking and commenting. Glad you enjoyed it. It’s great when I see more and more parents teaching sign language to their children, Although their children may have no difficulties hearing whatsoever, just arming the child with the knowledge of signing with others is a great thing. if ever in the deaf community among other children, there will be no issues with communication.

      Like you said it all starts with the basics. Babies can learn to sign as early as six months, but many may have trouble with hand coordination.They lean at different speeds and levels. All babies are not alike.

      In regards to the popularity of signing, I agree that it’s a growing global thing and should be offered to students as a prerequisite. Which in turn; would give this skill a chance to be taught throughout our educational system.


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