Socialization for your Deaf Child
Deaf education specialist Dr. Karen Kritzer recently shared these thoughts about providing socialization for your deaf child during the pandemic:
“While opportunities for socialization are limited for most children right now, for deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children, the problem is especially intense. Most DHH children tend to be the only people with hearing loss in their families, making the stay-at-home experience even more isolating. DHH children using American Sign Language (ASL) may have no one in their households with whom they can fluently communicate. Creating online and physically distanced interactive opportunities with their DHH peers is essential to maintaining the mental health of DHH children through this pandemic.” source
At ASDC, we are committed to helping deaf children thrive. In this post, you’ll find useful things you can do to help your child strengthen social connections with both friends and family members during the pandemic.
Connecting wih Friends
- Friends Like Me
This program provides safe, chaperoned weekly chats so your child can connect with other deaf kids their age. ASDC members get five free sessions! Join ASDC here.
- Socialization and Deaf Kids
In this article from Hands & Voices, you’ll get background information and practical advice about how to support your child’s social development.
Connecting with Family
- ASDC Online Classes
Improve your ASL skills with courses taught by experts. ASL members get a discount! Join ASDC here.
If you have a deaf child under the age of three, you can qualify to get an online ASL course free!
Communicating with Family
ASL Mental Health Services
- National Deaf Therapy (tele-therapy in ASL)
National Deaf Therapy: CONNECT TO HEAL
- Deaf Counseling Center (tele-therapy in ASL)
Deaf Counseling Center | Deaf Therapists for Deaf Clients
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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