Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Baby A represents a normal baby, while Baby B depicts a blind baby. Baby C is a deaf baby.
After two months when their vision becomes clear:
Baby A begins to connect what he/she sees and to what he/she sees connecting to what he/she hears, like mom’s face with her voice and the sound of mom’s footsteps with her appearance at the crib.
Baby B continues to depend on his/her auditory ability.
Baby C begins to experience anxiety and frustration. Language doesn’t develop yet, and unless he/she receives exposure to an accessible, the baby won’t catch up.
As a result, Baby A will always be ahead, Baby B will always be placed second and Baby C will be last UNLESS the deaf baby is able to receive proper support for his/her communication needs earlier. Often professionals make the mistake of considering deaf children to be disabled or “special” and pass this view on to parents and the deaf child. It is important though for parents to see and treat their deaf baby as being normal. With this support, your deaf child’s development will begin to catch up with and can eventually even go ahead of A and B.
Hearing people cherish their auditory abilities 100 percent of their lifetime and their visual abilities 70-80 percent of their lifetime. Deaf people cherish nothing but their vision, which they use 100 percent of their life. What about deaf/blind people?
All babies babble, including deaf babies, if we use sign language with them right away after birth. (Some studies have proven it.)
Of the Deaf People, By the Deaf People, For the Deaf