I found your blog via Google and wondered if you could help me. I am the parent of a child who has just been diagnosed as deaf. As you can imagine, I’m shocked and upset by the news – my little boy is only 10 months old. How do I know when he’s trying to tell me something? Joshua
When I receive questions like this, Joshua, it never fails to amaze me that with everything we have in the UK, that people still fall through the net. With the nationwide newborn hearing screening programme it is surprising that your baby’s hearing was not picked up but then I don’t know the full story. The NDCS has a Parent Place where parents can discuss things with each other and that might be a good place for you to start.
There are many professionals out there who are committed to the lives and progress of deaf babies and children, but whom unfortunately often have very strong opinions about what should or needs to be done. Start with your GP and also where you had the diagnosis and ask who you should see next as services vary hugely around the country.
Do remember your little boy is first and foremost your little boy – and who needs all the love and support you can give – with his charm and quirks. Watch out for what he likes and wants to do and talk to him face to face clearly (but not too loudly) and use gestures such as pointing to start with (smiling of course).
You’ll also have to kick butt to get what you want for your deaf child.