Hmong Parents

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In general, Hmong parents view their child with disabilities differently than their children without disabilities. Xiong (2007) stated that in the society today, education level, competence, and an individual ability are the factors that people called success. In Hmong culture, children who are fast learner are or physical normal are expected for most parents. Hmong parents expect their children to be independent and able to have their own family when they grow up, Xiong (2007) said “this put lots of pressure on the children with disabilities because of the possibility of not being able to fully satisfy their parents’ expectations. Parents are sadden and disappointed when their child with disabilities cannot meet those expectations.
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Urn (2003) said that students who are well-achieving can accomplish that with the help from the positive reinforcement from school and also family members. Thao further argued that, “the strength and weakness of their academic performance in school rest on both home and school experiences (2003)”. Historically, the Hmong did not have strong formal education, in addition, the Secret War intervened many the generation of Hmong parents currently reside in the United States. The majority of Hmong parents speak some English to not at all. So, they cannot really help their children when it comes to homework such as reading and writing. Thao (2003) also noted that the Hmong fit into the Asian American community well, so teachers and other school personnel thought the Hmong have strong formal education like the rest of the Asian Americans. Wrong perception does not help to Hmong children but especially hurt Hmong children with disabilities and limit their …show more content…
Although, Hmong have words for specific type of disabilities, but in the past Hmong children with disabilities are not attending school, so there is no word for Special Education in Hmong yet. Other than what, Thao (2010) wrote “A term used often in Special Education is “disability” in the Hmong language.” In Thao (2010) study, Hmong parents are found sad when know they have a child with disabilities. “They realized there was nothing they could do to help their child (Thao, 2010)”. About 29% of the parents found out about their child’s condition from their doctors during their pregnancy, and about 35% feel sad. Later on, these parents accept their

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