Original Date: Nov 12, 2017
Latest Update: April 15, 2021
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Challenges Presents Itself When You Teach A Deaf Child
Teach a Deaf child and receive great satisfaction
A hearing impaired youngster faces daily challenges. Depending on the hearing people he or she deals with, those challenges might be enriching, frightening, infantilizing or neutral. Teaching a deaf child and understanding extended family members, who give support when needed are like ‘Gold.’ They also realize that when they teach a deaf child, regardless if it’s a relative or not, there are great rewards.
However, this is NOT always the case for families of kids with hearing loss. Sometimes the extended family neither participates nor supports the communication mode or the person-rearing style of your nuclear family. How you communicate with a deaf child is ‘key.’
Teachers And Administrators:
Educators showing care and concern
Teachers and administrators will have a profound impact on your deaf child. Teachers have daily contact with the student and are intimately involved in the development of the student’s academic life, linguistic ability, and social self-esteem.
Administrators set the tone of a program with policy-making and financial backing.
A supportive teacher will attend to both your youngster’s specific academic and communication needs.
Many public school teachers have not had much contact with these type of children and need information about how to interact with your youngster.
Teachers of the deaf will have more specific training for working with deaf children, however, they may vary greatly in their communication skills, communication philosophy, and teaching approaches.
Meet with teachers and administrators before your student begins classes. Neighborhood children might form friendships with your kid; however, over time, and as cliques develop, the hearing impaired is more likely to be ostracized. You start to question can deafness be cured? You think about children with hearing problems.
Talents measured with disabilities
If your youngster has a particular talent, such as being a good athlete, his peers may seek him out as a friend because of that talent.
If he or she has other difficulties (hyperactivity or learning problems, for example) or is perceived as different by his or her peers, they may have trouble building friendships.
Neighborhood adults can play a vital role in setting the tone for interaction among children.
Let trusted adults know how to communicate with your child. In fact, include these people as an integral part of your family’s activities if possible.
Invite them to join you in planned activities. (especially those that highlight and teach about the positive aspects of deafness). Local business can serve as your child’s practice ground for interacting with the public.
Educate local merchants about how to handle your student. Let the salespeople know how to communicate with your youngster, inform them that you will often let your kid handle interactions; and, above all, encourage them to treat your hearing impaired youngster as they would any other boy or girl.
Giving Not Always Best Solution:
Don’t spoil the child
Some young students with hearing loss become accustomed to being given things for free. Store owners or other hearing people in the community, such as school bus drivers or neighbors, like to give small gifts to a deaf child.
We have heard stories about store owners giving those kids drastically reduced prices on certain fixed price items, such as notebooks, toys, and health suppliers.
These gifts are often given with good intentions and take the place of real communications. Unfortunately, some hearing adults do this out of pity for the kid with hearing loss or to seek their affection. In all cases, the youngster begins to expect and feel entitled to receive something for nothing. Discourage such gift-giving and explain your concerns to these well-meaning adults.
If they feel compelled to give gifts to your youngster, then suggest that they do so at appropriate times, such as holidays and birthdays.
Situations With School Bus Drivers:
Time to take notice
Most hearing impaired kids could tell you a multitude of stories about their school bus drivers. Some drivers go out of their way to make your kid feel safe and secure, while others actually yell and curse.
Some drivers treat the hearing impaired youngster with kid glove, while others give special gifts and treats to the boys and girls.
The driver who frighten the student do so out of their own discomfort, lack of good boundaries, or inability to sense what is appropriate behavior.
Many drivers form healthy friendships with the child while many others overstep their bounds. The school, the teachers, and you should take a lead role in educating the bus drivers in handling hearing impaired youngsters.
The general public briefly glimpse your child. Depending on the circumstances and the individuals you come into contact with, you may cause questioning looks, looks of curiosity, confused responses, genuine interest, or cruel mocking.
In the past, hearing impaired youngsters have suffered many negative experiences at the hands of the ignorant hearing public. Movies, TV commercials, special reports, news, and weekly series have all begun to show deafness and American Sign Language in a positive light.
This has fortunately altered the way the people view individuals suffering from hearing loss.
However, many people remain ignorant or insensitive about deafness. How to sign with love is important for those communicating with the young. Your youngster must learn, over time, how to deal with the various reactions he receives in safe ways that maintain his or her self-integrity.
Responsibility And Communication:
An up-most important move
Deaf people are often characterized as “immature.” This means, in part, that on the average they have less general information, that their goals tend to be short – rather than long – range, and that they may be less likely than hearing persons to think through the consequences of their actions.
Although these impressions may not be surprising, there seems to be a little reason to believe that immaturity is inevitable; the lack of early communication within the family is cause enough for restricted growth because it deprives deaf children of the learning opportunities that are taken for granted with hearing children.
This “immaturity” is largely, if not completely, preventable. It is also important for deaf children to be given responsibility. A comparison study of 120 deal children and their families with the same number of hearing children and their families was made in the Greater Vancouver area.
Parents were asked to check off the independent activities they would permit their child to engage in. Deaf children were allowed to do less than hearing children of the same age.
It seems that to be deaf with hearing parents may mean that you will be overprotected and denied an important area of development. Sometimes the fact that deaf children can accept responsibility is not understood.
Deaf adults often report that they missed much of what was said in a hearing family: ‘why’ things happen, ‘why’ you are allowed to do something at one time and not at another, and ‘why’ people feel and react the way they do.
Seeing that deaf persons can accept responsibility should help you to present your child with reasonable expectations and to see the need for early two-way communication that will enable you to give explanations when you are asked “why?”
A total communication approach fosters inclusion of your deaf child in family activities.
You’re Surprise, But Not Others, When Your hearing Starts To Go
We all know as we age, something is sure to give. We can’t go from our early youth to becoming older adults thinking everything is still going to be ‘in good working order.’ Hearing loss often occurs gradually, and you may not be aware that you have not been hearing well as you once did. You may find you hear well in some situations and wonder why it is difficult for you to understand in others.
Your family, friends, and co-workers may often have to repeat themselves so that you can understand them.
Unlike other disabilities, hearing loss is invisible. There are no wheelchairs, leg braces, or red-tipped canes to indicate that a person has a hearing loss. Yet, hearing loss is the most prevalent, least recognized, and least understood physical disability. One of every ten people has a hearing loss.
And although not normal at any age, hearing loss is more common among older adults than in the general population. Also, there are other things you may start to notice; such as a ‘ringing in the ear’ which is also known as tinnitus. Tinnitus is nothing to get alarmed about. Although more annoying than anything, tinnitus can be cured.
At age sixty-five, one in every three people has some degree of hearing loss, and the incidence is even higher among those of more advanced years.
Although hearing loss will require some changes, by acknowledging it and with help from professionals and technology – as well as self help – you can enjoy an independent and relaxed lifestyle.
Like many others, you will discover new ways to adapt in order to fully participate in the world around you.
Remember: The real problem with a hearing loss is not the loss itself, but the barrier to communication it creates and the stress you may experience if you do not address it.
DEGREES OF HEARING LOSS
Just as people have varying degrees of visual problems, individual problems, individual hearing losses also are different and range from mild to profound. The degree of hearing loss is indicated in decibels. (dB), which is a measure of loudness.
- If you have a mild hearing loss (26-45 dB), you may have difficulty hearing and understanding someone who is speaking from a distance or who has a soft voice. You also may have difficulty understanding conversations in noisy backgrounds.
- If your hearing loss is in the moderate range (46 – 65 dB), you will have difficulty understanding conversation in quite backgrounds as well.
- If your hearing loss is in severe (66 – 90 dB), you will have difficulty understanding conversations in all situations.
- If yo have a profound (…greater than 90 dB), you may not even hear loud speech or environmental sounds.
But volume is only part of the problem; sounds can also seem distorted. In other words, you can hear, but you cannot understand.
Health Care Delivery And Special Services
Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Impairment, Frank Hochman, MD. 2287 Mowry Avenue, Suite F, Fremont CA 94538
One of the primary aims of this association is to encourage and assist deaf students to enter medicine as a profession
Promoting Awareness in HealthCare, Medical & Deaf (P.A.H., M.D.) Medical college of Viginia Chapter of AMSA, 1008 West Avenue, #2 Richmond VA, 23220 http://views.vcu.edu/amsa/pahmd.html
This online discussion group is a network of people dedicated to bridging the gap between the medical community and the deaf community.
Physicians, nurses, social workers and others interested in health care among deaf persons participate.
SHHH Hospital Program, SHHH (Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc) 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda MD, 20814 http://www.shhh.org/
This is a complete guide to enable hospitals to provide services for people with hearing loss in health- care settings and to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The program includes a 56-page guidebook (people with Hearing Loss and Health Care Facilities), a staff training video (I Only Hear You When I See Your Face), one “Patient with Hearing Loss” brochure, 10 “Tips for communication” cards, two “Tips for Staff” poster, and stickers of the International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss (50 1″X1″ stickers; 5 x 7″ stickers).
The complete Hospital Program is $70 for members and $80 for non-members. Components may be purchased separately from SHHH at the address above.
Health Care Partnership and Access Program for the Deaf Greater Loss Angeles Council on Deafness, Inc.) (GLAD) 2222 Laverna Avenue, Los Angeles CA, 90041, 213-478-8000 TDD/Voice http://www.gladine.org
GLAD provides outreach programs to deaf people, including education on AIDS, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases and substance abuse.
LIFE SIGNS, a 24-hour medical sign language interpreter referral service, assist in any situations where individual requires immediate medical care in an emergency room, emergency admittance to a hospital, urgent care center or any emergency matters with law enforcement personnel.
Special Task Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc ( STID. Inc) PO. Box 482, Atwood CA 92811, 800-STIDVIP (784-996-3774 Voice/TTY
STID provides trained interpreter/medical aides for medical office visits, 24-hour emergency room and urgent care centers, surgery, recovery, childbirth classes, classes, labor, delivery and all diagnostic testing procedures.
STID will provide information, promote advocacy and assist in medical situations as well as referrals for further support. STID provides continuity of care – the same interpreter is provided for all scheduled medical office visits and hospital procedures.
Crystal Oaks of Pinellas, Health Care and Rehabilitation Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, 6767 86th Ave North, Pinellas Park, FL 33782, 813-548-5566 Voice/TTY
Silent Care, 2711 W. Howard St. Chicago IL 60645 (773)275-2378 Voice/TTY
A specialized nursing home program responding to the needs of elderly deaf persons at certain long-term care facilities throughout Illinois, providing comprehensive long-term care services to members of the deaf community in a homelike environment.
Two sites are currently under development: Lincoln Park Terrace, 2732 N. Hampton Court, Chicago IL and Plaza Terrace, 3249 W. 147th St, Midlothian IL.
Hear for you, Olathe Medical Center, 20333 W. 151st St, Olathe KS, 66061 913-791-4311
Hear for You provides 24-hour interpreter services to deaf and hard-of-hearing patients and their families.
Heritage Hospice, 337 West Broadway, PO. Box 1213, Danville KY 40422, 606-236-3367 Voice/TTY 800-718-7708 Voice/TTY
Heritage Hospice, a four-county rural hospice, is accessible to deaf patients and their families. HOSPICE provides health care in the home under the direction of the patients doctor. http://www.mednexus.com/adverts/hertiage
Deaf Services Program, Albert Witzke Medical Center, 3411 Bank St. Baltimore MD, 21224, 410-522-9534 Voice, 410-522-9528 TTY
The Deaf Services Program makes all services of the Baltimore Medical System accessible to patients through full-time sign language interpreters, health care coordination and health education in sign language, including childbirth education and prenatal care.
The Deaf Services Program assist with arranging medical referrals and special test, advocating for an interpreter at the facility of referral, and also provide information and referral to resources for nonmedical services.
Deaf Family Clinic (DPC), Dept. of Pediatrics, New England Medical Center, Boston MA, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Deaf Family Clinic acts partly as an advocacy agency for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
Health & Wellness Program Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Center, 640 Jackson St, St. Paul MN 55101-2595 612-221-2719 Voice, 612-221-3258 TTY
The Health and Wellness Program provides numerous services to deaf and hard-of-hearing people, including interpreting: sexual health and family planning: prenatal and parent education; sexual assault advocacy; and child abuse education, treatment and prevention.
Mental health and community education services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind people are provided under the direction of Ramsey’s Psychiatric Department.
Jacob Perlow Hospice- Deaf Services Project, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, 212-420-4129 TTY, 212-420-4543 Voice, 212-420-4131 Fax http://www.whitmore.org/hospicedeaf.html
The Jacob Perlow Hospice-Deaf Services Project provides specialized care to patients with end-stage disease and can assist deaf patients with deaf or hearing families and hearing patients with family members.
This culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate hospice program provides communication access to physicians, nurses, social workers, special therapist and chaplains through qualified and specially trained interpreters.
Trained volunteers from the deaf, hard-of-hearing and adjoining American Sign Language community provide additional support.
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