Originally Posted by jillio
Language, at this age, still only determines the presence of deafness, not of Deafness. If your child can comprehend all of the issues surrounding a chosen cultural identity, I would like to do a research project focused on these far advanced capabilities in higher reasoning. There is no other child that has ever been determined to engage in this thinking at the age of 5.
I'd never claim my 5YO understands all of the issues surrounding a chosen cultural identity. In fact, there are likely very few adults who have achieved such an enlightened state of being, and I doubt those who come close would ever claim such global understanding, they'd probably know well how limited our understanding can be.
I do claim that she can distinguish that she is deaf, as Fuzzy asked. And I also believe she has a grasp of belonging culturally to a group that is Deaf.