I respectfully disagree, It isn't about the family, it's about the deaf child. Tell me why a deaf child is forced to learn the family's language? This is a very difficult task. It's like telling a handicapped child to walk because the whole family walks. They should find a better and more effective way to communicate even if the hearing parents/family have to learn a whole new language. The difference between a hearing and a deaf child is that spoken and signed languages use dfferent modalities. In the case of the hearing children, they use their hearing mode. In the case of deaf children, they use the visual or seeing mode. So, You cannot expect a deaf child to learn the family's language. It sounds unfair in my opinion.
OOPS! Then why all this talk about "finding CS"? Although, I suppose we should have all realized it, given the posts. So, when loml discounts the experiences of the deaf on this forum that have used CS, we now know that it is just one more case of a hearie who refuses to listen.
I have to admit, I though loml was HOH. This puts things in a whole different perspective. Makes a lot of sense.
Of course they are. But they are also non-verbal methods of communication, which CS is not. Without verbally based communication, CS has nothing to represent. So what exactly, is your point?
Cued Speech can/does give a deaf child from a hearing family access to their families language. Myself, I consider this a fabulous gift of early intervention.
jillio - I do not discount the experiences on this forum who have used CS. I simply ask for details of their experiences. There is much that you do not realize given my posts, but that does not surprise me.
I do find your comments typical for a hearing parent of a deaf child who has chosen the path that you have.
Isn't the family learning ASL a great gift TO a deaf child FROM a hearing family? If they start when the kid is a baby and keep learning, the parents could have good ASL skills when the kid is a few years old and then the kid and parents maybe are fluent. What a great gift! Since the hearing world doesn't give deaf kids a lot of gifts about language and communication :roll: and the deaf kid struggles with communication the whole life, parents learning ASL seems great - they will know the language of Deaf culture and learning the struggle to communicate.
Actually jillio, Cued speech need not be verbal, as in voiced: doesn't really support you analogy.