The Top 10 Ways to Raise a Psychologically Healthy Deaf Child

December 21st, 2008 by | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

I really like this list because it offers practical advice that applies to all children — regardless of their level of hearing loss, age, or communication modality.  It is so crucial for parents and professionals to remember that we are dealing with a CHILD who happens to have a hearing loss, and to treat that entire CHILD, not just their audiological, educational, and speech-language issues.


“The Top 10 Ways to Raise a Psychologically Healthy Deaf Child” by Lisa A. Marshall, Ph.D.

10. Educate yourself on issues related to hearing loss. Find someone who will give you unbiased information about all options.
9. Find a communication method that your child will clearly understand. Use that communication method whenever your child is present.
8. Seek support from family, friends, and professionals to deal with your feelings about your child’s hearing loss.
7. Assume your deaf child can do anything a hearing child can do. Help your child learn to be his/her own advocate.
6. Teach your child about your family, values, and culture. Involve your child in all family activities.
5. Look for and praise your child’s strengths, efforts, and positive actions each day.
4. Teach your child about personal safety, body parts, appropriate touching and ways to ask for help.
3. Introduce your family to deaf adults and children who will be positive role models for you and your child. Include your child in social activities.
2. Participate in your child’s education. Ask your child’s teacher for ways to enhance learning at home.
1. Balance firm and consistent rules and consequences with unconditional love, respect, and acceptance.

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Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She provides auditory verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation, IEP advocacy, consultation, and LSLS mentoring for clients around the world via teletherapy. You can learn more about Elizabeth's services on her Website or Facebook.

1 Comment

Martha Walker

February 4, 2009 at 7:54 pm

I am inquiring about schools available in South Louisiana for the cochlear hearing child. I have a nephew that is 11 yrs old and today we found out through an evaluation by his dr in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that Aaron does not know his sign language or able to read written information. Aaron has been in a public school inclusion classes in Sulphur Louisiana for 8 yrs. To recieve an evaluation of this degree is a bit astounding when his report card has A’s & B’s . We are out of ammo as to where to take Aaron to get the appropriate help for education purposes. I live in Gray Louisiana which is 60 miles west of New Orleans and 60 miles east of Baton Rouge Louisiana. If you have any information about a school that will take Aaron and teach him what he needs to have a fulfilled life as a hearing child please let us know. We are desperate to help him become a viable learning child/ Thank you