Originally Posted by deafdyke
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! It'll hopefully improve his speech and hearing skills....I do know that even today, quite a few kids still NEED TC. Probaly won't give him oral skills on a par with hearing kids......I know that tends to be kind of rare, but it's still good to know that he might aquirre some speech skills.
Quick word of advice.....don't go into overkill when he's activated. Keep therapy to reasonable amounts but don't think "oh if some therapy is good, therapy 24/7 will be even better" Therapy is good, but kids do need some time to just be kids. Also, do you let him Sign at home? I know that the experts out there reccomend speech only b/c it's "better", but that's only based on a "Sign is a crutch" mentality. Try to find a really good balance....
Actually DD I think Fragmenter has every intention of using ASL at home and we are VPing a lot and we use ASL all the time. As a matter of fact when I entered Frag in the infant program at CID (he was about a year old at the time) and the teacher and I argued about him using sign language at home and I told her I was NOT going to "interpret" between my deaf son and his deaf father! I won -- about a month later we decided it was a waste of our time and money and put Frag in the special school district where they had TC. Don't forget I was raised oral and my husband went to the state school for the deaf so there is a good variety in our family.