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The Importance Of Communication In Deaf Child's Culture

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A problem often faced in education is generalizations, the idealization that every child will achieve the end goal, exactly the way it is envisioned. But just like how hearing children learn differently, deaf children have their own unique way of learning, it depends on each child how and which way the learn best. The end goal of educating deaf children is they will be able to mesh into society and able to communicate to others. Total communication is defined as a philosophy that requires the incorporation of appropriate aural, manual and oral modes of communication in order to insure effective communication. The idea that these children would have the attitudes that would place in the in the bi-cultural quadrant of the Nash and Nash frame…show more content…
Being deaf is not shameful or abnormal, immersing themselves in hearing culture does not mean forgetting who they are and where they come from. Being bi-cultural does not mean rejecting your deafness in order to embrace the hearing world. An important part to bi-culturalism is having the child know that being deaf is fine; it is a part of their identity. This is why ASL is so important; it is vital that the deaf child have the opportunity to use the method of communication that their culture embraces, parts of deaf culture embrace ASL and other parts embrace oralism. It is very important for a deaf child to have the ability to speak to both parts of their culture. While there is a stigma being able to have a method to communicate to their peers is very important to their identity, even though there is a stigma towards ASL and being deaf having that ability to have an easy conversation with another is very comforting. Being bi-cultural means managing two identities, because a deaf person lives in two different worlds, they live in both the deaf and hearing world, and since each world has their own methods of communication it is important for the child to be able to speak to both
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