The Modes Of Communication For Families With A Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing
Keywords: mode of communication, sign language, oral/aural communication
Modes of Communication
One of the challenges that families face as they welcome a new family member who is deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) is the choice of the mode of communication to use when the child grows. Some preferences may be based on caregiver’s suggestions or family’s convenience, but whatever mode of communication is considered to be used, it must have relevance to the kid and is consistent with the communication method used in the school the kid goes to.
Scheetz (2012) confirmed that some of the communication issues for families with DHH kids that influence their communication method decisions are: background knowledge and understanding of deafness, initial viewpoints heard from deaf education professionals, perceptions of assistive technology, quality and availability of support services, and feelings of self-efficacy. If the caregiver has no in-depth understanding of the communication needs of a particular DHH child, an inappropriate mode of communication may be suggested. The initial viewpoints we hear from deaf education professionals may be useful, but may not always…