The Social Development Of Children With Deaf Parents Essay

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The Social Development of Children with Deaf Parents
The ability to listen and recognize a mother’s voices plays an intricate role in one’s development. Mehler et al (1976) conducted a study and exposed one-month-old infants to their mother’s voice and the voice of a stranger. There were two conditions applied to each mothers’ voice. The first condition was that the mother focused on communicating with the infant, and the second condition was that the mother spoke without “prosodic and intonational aspects of normal speech” (Mehler et al, 1976, pg. 491). In order to measure which voice the infants preferred, researchers recorded the frequency in which the infants engaged in “nonnutritive sucking” (Mehler et al, 1976, pg. 493). The results of the study indicated that infants prefer their mother’s voice to the voice of a stranger. The infants engaged in sucking at a higher frequency when they were exposed to speech that focused on communicating with the infant instead of when they were exposed to speech that lacked intonational aspects of normal speech (Mehler et al, 1976). The Mehler et al. (1976) study demonstrates that recognizing and responding to a mother’s voice is crucial to an infant’s physical development.
In this analysis, I explore the developmental effects that having a deaf parent who cannot communicate orally has on a hearing child. I address four questions in this analysis: How does being a child of a deaf parent affect the child’s sense of identity? Is the…

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