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ERIC Number: EJ1019121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Standing Up for Our Children
Griffin, Christine
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v14 p26-28 2013
Parents have a lot to consider in a very short period of time following identification of a hearing loss. Loving their child is simply not sufficient. Questions must be asked and answered by parents. How will they communicate with their child and how will their child communicate with them? How will their child form friendships? How will their child learn? What makes it more difficult is that experts and community members disagree--sometimes adamantly--about cochlear implants, the auditory/verbal system, Signing Exact English, American Sign Language, Cued Speech, Pidgin Signed English, and a variety of other communication beliefs that have turned the field of deaf education into a battleground. Christine Griffin is the program coordinator for Parent to Parent of Whatcom County and for the Hands & Voices and Guide By Your Side programs in Washington State. She describes these organizations in this article, and explains how they offer support and assistance to parents struggling to support and empower their children who have hearing loss.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington
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