Deaf Children

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Communicating with Deaf Children

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Nicole M Wyche

January 18, 2010

Communicating with Deaf Children

Who has the ability to define who or what illiteracy is? Researchers and doctors define illiteracy as “the absence of knowledge that involves but is not confined to graphic marks. It has been contended that the term may also apply to the difficulty one experiences in interpreting and using written materials in a variety of contexts, as well as the inability to take part in a literate culture despite having mastered its written symbols.” (Massone) The question now is who is categorizes as being illiterate? Are people placed in this category because of their physical traits i.e learning disabilities, handicaps or because of they just cannot understand i.e not wanting to learn.

In the article Deaf Children’s Construction Writing by Maira Massone she discusses how “various studies have focused on different aspects of the "conquest of the written language" by deaf children and teenagers. Stressing their competence in and need for visual communication, this research therefore calls for the rejection of oralism in favor of the new ways of knowing made possible by today's essentially visual media and multimedia. In speaking of writing as a language or a mode of language, we mean far more than simply communicating.” So are deaf children illiterate because they don’t have the ability to speak or learn at the same speed as other children. No they’re not, just because they don’t have the same senses or ability as other children doesn’t mean that they don’t have the same ability to learn; they just have to learn how to learn the same ideas in a different way. “Thus, literacy should be encouraged as a way to promote integration, and the processes that deaf children engage in to develop it deserve close attention. In order to account for the specific…...

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