Ever have one of those conversations about something that you wish you would have approached differently or that it might have gone a little more smoothly? I had one the other day with a random mother at a birthday party. I was caught off guard when I saw a little girl swimming in the pool with her hearing aids on. Honestly, I am around LOTS of Deaf people, ALL. THE. TIME. but very few actually use assistive listening devices. I first thought the sweet thing had forgotten to take them off but the mother assured me that they were completely water proof and that is where the conversation went bad.
I mentioned that my youngest was profoundly Deaf but he doesn’t keep his hearing aids on anyway. She immediately responded that we should use a bonnet on him. I replied, kindly have you, that my husband and I are anti bonnets and that it didn’t really matter anyways because he is so profoundly Deaf they don’t really help that much. Her response caught me off guard. She said (in a snarky tone), “then why don’t you have implanted already.” To which, I replied, well “we don’t really believe in implants either.”
I was really shocked and I am sure that I seemed offended. I was. What amazed me most, was in that 3 minute conversation I actually felt like she somehow was angry with me. It still amazes me how people respond when we tell them that we are not implanting but instead focusing on developing his primary language in ASL.
And then I see this:
And I remember that little Mister is only 14 months and already has 10 word vocabulary. TEN WORDS! Isn’t that amazing? Last week he had his 6 month Early Intervention review and scored above level for language. He is rocking the hand talk.
I am not saying that if you choose to only go the oral route or use hearing aids you are doing something wrong. I am just saying that Ez is thriving in his language acquisition and it thrills me how he is progressing sans interventions.
Here is our list of current signs in order of first use.
- ALL DONE
He also uses MORE EAT and EAT DOG (feed the dog) as two words sentences.
Do you incorporate sign language with your typical hearing child?
How does it make communication easier?