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Qualitative Study on Deaf Parents’ Experiences Rearing Their Deaf Children: the Language Choice

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2011, 12(1), pp.329-349
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education

곽정란 1 서영란 2 Lee, Jung Ok 1

1대구대학교
2경신청각언어연구소

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to investigate deaf parents’ language choice in experiences of rearing their deaf children. A literature review was conducted, and an in-depth interview with five deaf parents who have deaf children. The conclusion of this study is as follows:First, the deaf parents who participated in this study were shocked when they noticed their children were deaf and such psychological shock gradually disappeared as their children started to use sign language. Second, most of the deaf parents had negative perception of cochlear implant surgery and rather hoped their deaf children to grow up deaf. Third, the deaf parents used sign language rearing their children and as a result their deaf children naturally obtained sign language skills. In this way the children were positively influenced in their emotional stability and language development. Fourth, the deaf parents taught their children how to interpret writings by reading the children fairy tales using sign language and helped their understanding by explaining what their children did not comprehend in an easy way using sign language for the deaf. Fifth, all of the deaf parents wanted to send their children to a school for the deaf but were concerned about school teachers’ abilities to use sign language.

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