The Importance Of Modes Of Communication

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When a child is born and labeled as Deaf/deaf or hard of hearing the family must make an important decision on which mode(s) of communication that child will learn and use, which impacts that child for the rest of their lives. (Hardin, Blanchard, Kemmery, Appenzeller, & Parker, 2014) The research I have reviewed this semester has revolved around what mode of communication is the most effective not just in the classroom but at home and workplaces as well. This is an important topic for not just myself but for the field of education, because when faced with a Deaf or hard of hearing student (which is roughly around 2 out of every 1,000 born have some sort of a hearing loss) the teacher is responsible to be able to communicate with their students…show more content…
The three main points that I have learned during my research reviews were: 1) which ever mode(s) of communication are decided become a large part of the child’s identity 2) ASL is a separate language that includes parts of English but is not English, as a result students will need direct instruction to learn and become fluent in English even after mastering ASL 3) regardless of the way the individual communicates, accommodations need to be considered in all aspects of life. These points were main topics within articles that at a glance don’t explicitly explain them.

Effective communication is an important detail in any successful relationship, whether it is between student and teacher or employee and employer or family member and child. (Haynes, 2014) So when deciding which mode of communication their child will be exposed to the parents must consider what will they be able to keep constant in their lives, what support they need,
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Being introduced to knowledgeable professionals before making a decision on which mode of communication the family wishes to choose is an important accommodation that starts from birth of an individual who is Deaf or hard of hearing. (Hardin, Blanchard, Kemmery, Appenzeller, & Parker, 2014) Each mode of communication was faced with its own set of challenges and needed accommodations. When reviewing the study on Deaf or hard of hearing workers in the workplace they complied a list of appropriate accommodations that the individual who is Deaf or hard of hearing approved of and the employer approved of. Within this list having all meeting material in text form given to the individual who is Deaf or hard of hearing during the meeting increase participation and comfort for them. Also being given certified interpreters for work encounters was also considered an improvement to both parties comfort in communication. (Haynes, 2014) In comparison, individuals who are born deaf and implanted with a cochlear implant still need accommodations as well. (Mishra, Boddupally &Rayapati, 2015) Individuals with cochlear implants struggle in settings when multiple people are talking at once, a simple accommodation of requiring turn taking during meetings or preferred seating towards the front to help better focus on the speaker can help in these situations. (Mishra, Boddupally
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