Thursday, August 13, 2009

Social interaction for a deaf child

It is very important that a deaf child gets accepted by the community.For that it is important that the child interacts with the society around him.In the past there have been kids, now grown ups, who have come to our speech therapist and said they missed out a lot of social conversation around them as they had been very used to reacting to people only when they where spoken too.Other times they were not keen on taking part in the conversation as they could not understand what was being discussed.For this she recommends that it is very important that the child is made to listen to other people's conversation.It really helps. She always asks mothers' to make the child listen to the various conversations around him eg, between father and grand father, mother and aunts, mother and shop keeper etc, and later on ask the child what he understood of the conversation or report to a third person about it.It makes them start to get interested and soon involve themselves in various conversation.Is not exciting to listen to the gossip between friends?Why should a deaf child be left out.? I often ask this to Prisha and it is fun to hear about things happening in school.
Another is having conversation between deaf kids.To get them to start it, she took out photographs of various things and asked to see them carefully and them talk to each other about it. It was actually a totally new thing for the kids.They were used to picture description told to the teacher.Here talking to each other was quite awkward initially.Then they started to open up after a little coaxing and pushing by us mothers. Soon prisha and Ritick were opening up and telling each other what they saw in the photos.It was a good ice breaker between them and also it increased their observation and added new words.


  1. Playing and talking with other children is so important! Nolan is a little "clingy" because he's a little shy and two, so we have enrolled him in a 1 day per week preschool class for this next year. He will get to play and communicate with other kids his own age. We also sometimes go to the oral deaf school in Buffalo so that he can talk and play with other deaf and hard of hearing kids. Of course, at two, his communication consists of mostly, "NO!" and "MINE!" Haha. Something we are working on...

  2. Query from mother to mother
    My daughter Rashi is 3 yrs old n wearing hearing aids from last 5 months. at present I
    m facing couple of queries regarding her speech therapy.
    1. At her speech therapy centre , mothers r not allowed to sit with the child during the session which is making very difficult for me to follow up at home as I m not a trained person and don’t know how to go about it.

    2. Her therapist says she is not speaking “ fish” and “ hello” words properly. For “fish” she says “ pish” and for “ hello” she says “aello”. She is not able to correct it n I also don’t know how to do it. I m not appreciated much if I ask too many questions about therapy. I don’t have much of a choice here, language is another barrier because their English is also influenced by their mother tongue.

    At present she doesn’t have a speech therapist .I m very worried about my daughter.

    I regularly follow up ur blog Kindly advice me n help me to handle this situation. Please also tell me whether it is possible for me to help my child without a speech therapist.

    Thanks simran

  3. Rouchi, thanks for your comment. It was a difficult day- we are glad it is over! It was also anotehr time that I am glad we are not reliant on sign language, as he was unable to use his hands or arms the entire time he was in the hospital!

    Simran, I know there are some tricks to teaching the "h" sound. You can have her try to blow a cotton ball with the "h" sound and then begin adding that sound to the beginning of the word "hello."

    Also, the "f" sound is a difficult one for children in general. My normally hearing three year old boy just now began to say it properlly (he used to say, "I pall down" instead of "I fall down." One way our speech therapist helped him was to gently push on his lower lip while he was making the /p/ sound- this forces air out and turns the /p/ sound into an /f/ sound. He's nearly four now and says it correctly. I know Rouchi will have better ideas- she's a wealth of knowledge!

  4. Leah , Thanks for the compliment but I am just a drop in this ocean and we all have our tips and techniques which are useful to the other.Thanks for writing in for Simran , I am sure she would appreciate the tips from the other hemisphere where similar beliefs are followed.I think blogging is an excellent way to exchange ideas.

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