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January 30, 2015
A Journey Into the Deaf-World
Families with Deaf Children
The chapter talks about Deaf children born into families, either with parents that are Deaf or hearing. It gives an understanding of what its like to both Deaf and hearing parents in contrast. Starting with a Deaf baby been born to Deaf parents, most Deaf parents have this incredible happiness for having to give birth to a Deaf child because a Deaf baby in a Deaf household signifies that the Deaf heritage of the family will be secure and who are a reflection of themselves. The extra challenges these Deaf families face have a simple remedy, which is to give extra nurturing. Sometimes Deaf parents are influenced by the values and instructions of hearing professional people who see the arrival of a Deaf child a regrettable event, and one that will require professional intervention. Some parents may adopt the hearing professionals’ perspective, especially since the specialists’ education and status seem to give their views special credibility. By this, it can be threatening, in some cases the stigma that the Deaf are incapable, unintelligent or viewed negatively, social workers seek to remove children from Deaf families. This challenge for the parents comes from well-baby check-ups, when bringing the baby to the Doctor they arrive enthusiastic, cohesive, and full of positive thoughts about their Deaf child, they are most likely to encounter a perspective that, while caring, is also concerned, implying to negativity. There’s a simple remedy these parents use to keep a lid on these challenges, which is to, ignore them.
Now, a Deaf baby born to hearing parents is different, their reactions its often the opposite of how Deaf parents would react. To hearing parents, at first, interactions with the baby seem normal, as the baby would present its natural responses, such as, cooing,...
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