Deaf Young People and their Families: Developing by Susan Gregory

By Susan Gregory

This can be a longitudinal follow-up to the research pronounced within the Deaf baby and his kin, now republished as Deaf young ones and their households. Eighteen years after the unique learn, seventy-five percentage of the unique households were traced and this new quantity offers an account of the next interviews with either the fogeys and the deaf kids themselves. contributors mirror not just at the outcomes of deafness inside their very own lives, yet at the altering context for deaf humans. It contains a comparability of the perspectives of oldsters with these in their little kids and an exam of things in youth that can relate to later improvement. In its provision of a special perception into the deaf younger person's point of view on lifestyles, it is going to be a useful source for all these enthusiastic about deafness and specified schooling, together with households, deaf humans, pros and teachers.

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It's giving that instant comment, you can't catch the moment. By the time you have got his attention the situation might have passed. He doesn't say he misses anything, but he wouldn't know if he missed anything. Mother of Kay, 21 years, oral The issue could arise over not understanding the nuances in conversation as even when communication was well established some of the subtleties could be lost. Communication within the family 33 He can't understand the tone in a voice. He never has been able to understand sarcasm.

This point is discussed again later in the chapter. 32 Family life and communication You can't catch the moment Communication in the one-to-one situation was usually easier. The stressful situation described by the young person at the head of the chapter was not typical of her one-to-one conversations within her family. Mum and Dad have always listened to what I have got to say. () I discuss with my Dad sometimes about me being deaf and what problems I have, how 1 am doing at work and he is very interested.

Marion, 19 years, BSL In many families, conscious attempts were made to fully involve the deaf person. Even in family gatherings now I find myself interrupting people and saying to Carol 'Did you hear what Aunty Vi saidf and if she says 'No' then I go over it all again and make them wait until I have let Carol know, so they realise they must include her as well. After all these years we are still doing it. Mother of Carol, 23 years, oral The effort made by this family led the father to reflect what it must be like for his daughter.

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