Behavioral Issues

Key words: Information, Deafness Related Issues, Deaf Education

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Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 15:02:14 -0400

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From: Mbeany@AOL.COM

Subject: Re: Behavioral issue

To: Multiple recipients of list EDUDEAF

Hi, I'm not sure what you are looking for. Behavioral problems don't go with deafness per se. One might have another disability such as severely emotional disturbed, but only a very small percentage of deaf and hearing children have that. The same holds true for learning disabilities. What I am trying to say is that deafness alone does not cause behavioral problems.

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Date: Wed, 15 May 1996 16:01:57 -0400

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From: Brent M Noel

Subject: Re: Behavioral issue

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Looking for all of the "good" stuff, Birgit??? My son doesn't have any behavioral problems. He is as calm, complacent, and happy as they come. He is profoundly deaf and sixteen months old. I've been "warned" by sign language advocates that Kyle will become frustrated and angry because he can't communicate effectively with auditory-verbal training. I haven't seen it and can't imagine it, either. I don't think deafness is a "cause" of behavioral problems. At least it isn't in our situation.

Good luck, Melissa
bnoel@infoave.net

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Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 18:41:30 GMT

Reply-To: Melanie_D'Amore@mksd.k12.nj.us

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From: Melanie D'Amore

Organization: Katzenbach School

Subject: behavioral issue

To: Multiple recipients of list EDUDEAF

I didn't have any info myself for you, so I asked our behavior management specialist, Judy, if she had anything for you. Below is her response to me.

Good luck. -Melanie

"I have no idea what age child this person is interested in. Here at MKSD, we do not differentiate between the behaviors (aggression, frustration, anger) that may be the result of deafness or society or culture or economics or whatever. Our main goal is to replace inappropriate behaviors with appropriate behaviors regardless of the reasons.Therefore we use a variety of strategies to deal with the behaviors regardless of the hearing loss. (Students with more severe problems are referred to counseling, outside agencies, etc. as well as having frequent contact with our support services staff.)

However, since we obviously recognize that our children are usually developmentally delayed, our Lower and Middle School staff use the Skillstreaming curriculum to teach prosocial skills. At the High School level, we also have a program entitled Social Problem Solving that deals with acceptable ways to handle anger, etc. Substance Awareness Coordinators Cindi Sternfeld and Patti Forintos are in charge of this program and they might be a good source as well.

I would suggest the book You and Your Hearing Impaired Child by John W. Adams for parents of children up to age 10 or 12."

There is an extensive bibliography in the back that might be helpful.

Uploaded by: Melissa Close/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major