What is oral deaf education?

Posted: February 17, 2011 in artikel, AVT, habilitation, INFO, pedoman, Rehabilitation, Tunarungu

The diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of childhood hearing loss have changed dramatically in recent years. Today, many childen who are screened at birth and are diagnosed and treated appropriately, can develop speech and language at the same rate as their hearing peers.

Oral deaf education is a collaborative, family-centered educational approach that develops a child’s speech and listening abilities along with confidence and life skills to meet the challenges of the greater world. This means that parents and family play a key role right from the start. Oral deaf education integrates the earliest and most natural intervention, the most current and inclusive education along with today’s sophisticated hearing technologies, to enable children with a hearing loss to learn to listen and talk.

Ensuring the best outcomes for your child

The children in the videos you are viewing on this site were diagnosed with hearing losses ranging from severe to profound. Yet today they are all mainstreamed in neighborhood and/or private schools and universities and perform academically on level with their hearing peers. How is this possible? Oral deaf education offers a pathway – early identification and oral deaf education intervention, the family and appropriate technologies: each supports a child’s desire to know the joy of sound and to speak for himself or herself.

  1. Deaf258 says:

    I am a by-product of the oral deaf education since birth and it’s not a pretty picture. The brightest point in my life was when I learned ASL at 20 years old. For the first time, I felt liberated. Before I learned ASL, I was limited to one-on-one conversations using only oral methods. Now, I was able to hold group conversations with ASL. It did wonders for my self-esteem. I say this as an oral deaf person, “I am all about the language access at the earliest age possible and that can be done with ASL. Why are hearing infants encouraged to use sign language for mental stimulation, education and social development when deaf infants are not allowed to sign?” Being oral is a curse.

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