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Número: (120) I
Año: 1995

Deaf Children of Deaf Parents

The circumstances differ in the remaining 10 percent of deaf families in which parents and children are both deaf. Studies have shown that deaf children of deaf parents, on the average, do better academically and seem better adjusted socially than deaf children of normally hearing parents. The research, however, leaves unanswered questions about the causal relationship. It is an item educators and rehabilitators may wish to ponder because it has important possibilities for intervention with deaf children. Deaf parents usually communicate in sign language in their families.

This means that deaf children of deaf parents have visible language stimulation from infancy. A further likelihood is that deaf parents will not be shocked and disappointed by having a deaf child. Instant acceptance is the norm in such cases. These factors go a long way toward explaining why deaf children of deaf parents tend to achieve higher academically.