Communication Decisions

On January 27th, Judy Dell Aquila, and Early Intervention Specialist from the Family/Child Learning Center in Tallmadge, Ohio presented valuable information on the topic: "Helping parents make appropriate choices regarding communication methodology."

since 90% of all children with hearing loss have hearing parents, teachers of the deaf will be heavily reoied upon for information and consultation since parents:

As a professional in the field of deafness, it is our responsibility to provide unbiased and undistorted information and assistance. We need to support and encourage these families with resources, connections to other families, etc. By empowering these parents, they will continue to build their own personal educational resources and knowledge to form educated opinions and choices.

Professionals can assist parents by:

Keep in mind that every family is different and that the child's hearing loss may not be the only issue these parents are facing in their everyday lives. When helping them decide what mode of communication to pursue, you may want to consider the following:

  1. The level of the child's hearing loss and whether they are currently aided or unaided.
  2. The age of the child when he/she was identified with a hearing loss.
  3. The age of the child, both in hearing age and in language age. a child's hearing age begins at zero when the child is aided.
  4. Does the child have additional needs besides a hearing loss?
  5. Consider the family's values and perception when giving advice.
  6. Observe how the child naturally communicates and how the family communicated with the child.

It's important to make parents aware of the on-going controversy between oral and signing methodologies, but it's critical that they understand the importance of simply communication with their child (in any manner) over all!


Uploaded By: Debbie Slyh/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major