Hearing Children With Hearing Parents And D / Deaf Children Essay

797 Words Nov 26th, 2016 4 Pages
It has been found that, to successfully engage in joint attention, one must meet the needs of their child by understanding the methods of gaining their attention in a multimodal way. Engaging frequently in joint attention will, therefore, help the child transition out of the egocentric stage to engage in frequent language interactions with others. Research shows that “hearing children with hearing parents and d/Deaf parents with d/Deaf children, having that matched communication mode (i.e., both partners being able to hear and verbalize, or both partners who are deaf and rely on sign language) are important factors in determining the success rates with which joint attention is established and maintained” (Tasker, Nowakowski, & Schmidt, 2010). How it varies regarding if a child is d/Deaf and has a hearing parent and if a child has a cochlear will be discussed further in the paper. However, in general, researchers found that “d/Deaf children switched gaze between the parent and the object of interest much more often than hearing parents of hearing children, suggesting that deaf children who are exposed to sign [in this case, American Sign Language (ASL)] are able meet the attention-switching requirements of joint attention” (Lieberman et al., as cited in Depowski, Abaya, Oghalai, & Bortfeld, 2015). To help children engage in joint attention, in general, first, help the child focus on faces and develop eye contact with you by being at the child’s level and holding objects…

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