My external blog safeandsilent includes a number of blog posts related to my experience as a deaf academic, deafness, and use of technology purported to assist, adapt, or help. Be advised that it is not academic writing and uses my “activist voice”.
While there are a number of deafness-related research publications here, I tend to avoid focus on deaf-related research as there are too many annoying misunderstandings about objectivity, as though people with no direct personal experience have a more authoritative understanding of the circumstances of my life and what is useful (or offensive) to me.
This piece was written in 1995-1997, when my daughter was small. “Baby signs” have become more popular with hearing parents with hearing children nowadays and I thought I would post this again. My observation of our experience is that we used her signs until she picked up ours. We did not badger her with repetitive signs in a gestural version of “you can say Ma-ma can’t you?” Instead, we used the advantage of deafness to be attuned to her signs. As you will see, she started producing purposeful gestures before she had control of her hands! Those gestures would quite surely have been extinguished if we did not reward them with a response.Continue reading “Baby signs”