Early Intervention: The Missing Link (English/Audio version)

Research by Rachel Benedict - ASLized - Produced by Drip Media (2011)

There are deaf people who use sign language daily see themselves as normal and not disabled. They do not feel that being deaf is something to be upset or worried about.

But for hearing parents of deaf children, their views can be affected as they encounter their first deaf person. This experience can be confusing and overwhelming. This is at no means their fault. This research demonstrates the alternative approach than the current practised by personnel who work at hospitals and the

Early Intervention who meet these parents and share information that actually scares parents.
Deaf models do not come in the Early Intervention, this paper discusses the alternative approach which will allow the parents to see having a deaf child in a positive light.

Benedict, B. (2010, July). Early intervention needs your involvement. Presentation given at National Association of the Deaf Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Hintermair, M. (2000). Hearing impairment, social networks, and coping: the need for families with hearing-impaired children to relate to other parents and to hearing-impaired adults. American Annals of the Deaf, 145(1), 41-54.

Sass-Lehrer, M. (2008, Mar.). Early Intervention for children Birth to 3: Families, Communities, & Communication. EHDI eBook Chapter 7.

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