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K. Kole Leary
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It is a breath of fresh air to read a book dealing with the education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children based on research instead of dogma, habits, fanaticism, or just simply "personal beliefs." Who ever it was that encouraged these authors to re-write their research conclusions in a manner that parents and teachers can understand, deserves a medal. As do the authors themselves. Without a doubt, even more research needs to be done in this field, but the authors clearly reveal where conclusions cannot be made until that research is attempted, yet suggest what makes sense based on the research available. As a teacher who has been working with the deaf for over 30 years, I am finding that this book supports many things I have come to believe over the course of my career, and shines a light on new findings in a way I can not only understand, but can take a hold of and bring into my practice.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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8/12: Well, How Deaf Children Learn is as neutral as it gets when it comes to the presentment of evidence based information in terms of what's best for the deaf children. It is actually a nice treatment, but if you are going to find answers, chances are you will end up feeling disappointed or nonplused. I am actually glad to see that neither signing nor speaking is better than one another. Both have their uses, and both serve their purposes very well. But to think one without the other, it's impossible. It helps to have both in the arsenal, and I should know. The authors came very, very close to settling a question but didn't. This is a new research proposal. As I have a lot of experience across the board no matter what placement, this is how I feel: deaf children who only sign and live primarily in the deaf community tend to have ADHD traits, and deaf children who either rely on simcom or are strongly oral living primarily in the hearing world tend to have the traits of Asperger's syndrome. The behaviors are discernable and have a lot of similarities with the respective disorders. Now, my question is: does the deafness mold the traits or are they inherent regardless of the deafness? This is something that will be very interesting. There is a statement in the book that "there is no evidence, however, to support claims that television captions, texting, and the Internet improve deaf students' reading." I'll agree with it to a certain extent. Closed captions is the primarily reason why I initially got good in reading, and then of course, my reading level will plateau if I stayed with it only instead of branching out like reading classics, etc. But still, I must say that there are positives in closed captions. My biggest agreement with the chief message of the entire book is that parental involvement does make the most difference in making or breaking the deaf child's future. That I can attest and back it up. On the other hand, I can never believe how a seemingly normal person who happens to be deaf can be so saddled with 3rd to 4th grade reading, mathematics, and writing levels coming out of high school. I've met so many who are just the perfect model of my description. Then again, the fluency of language is the reason why. Although the challenges of schooling from preschool to high school remain tough for the deaf population, I have to say that the transition from school to real life is much tougher because jobs are there but no willing employers taking the chance. All in all, How Deaf Children Learn addresses most of the crucial issues, settles them, and offers perspectives but doesn't solve the dilemma.