Originally Posted by faire_jour
Swd, my only point was that both sets of parents would be "limiting" their child's future options.
dd, there was a recent study that disagrees with you. it followed a group of ci kids and compared them to hearing kids in math, reading, language, speech and self esteem, and at the end of 5 years there was no difference between the groups in any of the areas.
imo, that "study" was not logical since it may not have included kids or children in all social and educational settings. I don't think that is a fair representation on the education of children with CI's and without in oral, bi-bi, deaf or mainstream. There just wasn't enough variety of all children, therefore, it doesn't give the whole picture. Interpret it any way you want, but please stop quoting it as the "end all and be all" for this discussion. All people are entitled to their opinion and it's no ones place to slam or discredit their opinion. Some of us know what we went through, others of us know what our children are going through, and still others are going through it now, whether they are the student, the parent or the teacher. There is no one correct answer, but in my honest opinion (some other will not agree, but I think most will) it makes more sense for ALL children to have both oral and ASL. If they are not able to attain oral skills, then stop pushing it. Not all children will learn oral skills and they should not be looked down upon or even ridiculed. They tried, the education system tried and it didn't work. Anymore these days, most states do not have the funding to provide all the services you are advocating and think is law.
This thread asked for our own opinion on what we we provide our children. I think most of us answered that and may not have been expecting to be "slammed" or "shamed" for our decision. I can't say that someone messed up or screwed up because they didn't get all the services. I didn't and other's didn't. I am seeing that not all CI users are not happy with their CI. You will notice, I said not all. Yes, some do like their CI's and are glad to have them, but there are others of all different ages that don't like them. I know of some people off this forum who absolutely hate their CI and are planning on having the whole thing removed and going without anything because their parents made the decision without taking into consideration their feeling and wants. They were 4-10 when the implants were done.
This is just my two cents for today.