Adopting Deaf Child

by mama of 6

Wow...I have been reading everything i can get my hands on, e mailing anyone and everyone I know with Deaf kids, or who is deaf...we are adopting a 6 year old boy from another country, who we know is deaf and we ASSUME was born deaf. he was found at age 2, tested and confirmed deaf. Since the orphanage director liked him, they kept him in the local orphanage as the only deafie. he has very little language of any kind, htough he can read and recognize some numbers in his native language. We have seen a dvd of him functioning in his everyday life, and he seems bright and has that "spark" in his eyes...mischief! :) In talking to Drs here in the US, we are, of course being told that we should go ahead and evaluate him for an implant. I am very opposed to this. Too much trauma, and I must admit I do not like Cis and have gotten both great and terrible opinions about them from friends and people i have talked with. My husband and I are prepared for the pressure we will experience when we bring our son home, we think, but we also want to make sure we are not holding our child back. Our only goal is to give this sweet child language so that he can actually communicate!!! He has very few "home signs"...they just gesture and he knows the routine...we have researched quite a bit about his language acquisition delay and know it will be a challenge, but we will work our butts off to give him strong ASL...our family now is all hearing...I am an interpreter and husband and kids sign and are working hard to improve before our child comes home...any thoughts from anyone with experience that can help us transition will be great!

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