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For over 30 years, The Silent Garden has offered parents of deaf children the support and unbiased information needed to fully realize their children’s potential. This completely revised third edition is a must-have resource that will help parents navigate the complex and unique challenges they face. Accessible, practical, and, above all, open-minded, The Silent Garden educates parents quickly and thoroughly about the many conflicting points of view on what is best for their deaf children. Authors Paul W. Ogden and David H. Smith, who are both deaf, present examples and research that guide parents through often unfamiliar territory. From coping mechanisms for parents to advice on creating healthy home environments, the authors cover a range of topics that impact day-to-day actions and decision-making. The topic of communication is discussed extensively as communication access and language development are crucial not only for intellectual growth, but also for positive family and social relationships. The authors look at American Sign Language, English, and various other modes of communication available to deaf children. Different educational options are presented, and technology—including the debate about cochlear implants—is reviewed. Deaf children with special needs are considered here as well. Each topic is accompanied by real-life stories that offer further insight. Always encouraging, The Silent Garden empowers parents to be the best advocates for their deaf children. Throughout, the authors emphasize that each choice is highly personal and that deaf life can be a rich, productive, exciting world full of promise and potential.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Praise, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Marlee Matlin
  3. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface to the Third Edition
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. Part 1. First Things First
  1. 1. Introductions
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. 2. Lifeboating: Caring for Yourself
  2. pp. 12-40
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  1. Part 2. The Family Garden
  1. 3. A Healthy Family Environment
  2. pp. 43-64
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  1. 4. Some Gardening Tips
  2. pp. 65-75
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  1. 5. Your Deaf Child’s Siblings
  2. pp. 76-92
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  1. Part 3. Communicating
  1. 6. So Much More than Words
  2. pp. 95-113
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  1. 7. Communication Options: An Overview
  2. pp. 114-124
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  1. 8. Opportunities in Spoken Language
  2. pp. 125-150
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  1. 9. Opportunities in Visual Language
  2. pp. 151-186
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  1. 10. Reading the World
  2. pp. 187-216
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  1. Part 4. Outside the Garden
  1. 11. The School Environment
  2. pp. 219-240
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  1. 12. Choosing a School
  2. pp. 241-269
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  1. 13. Moving toward Independence
  2. pp. 270-284
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  1. 14. Cochlear Implants
  2. pp. 285-305
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  1. 15. Boot Camp for Parents of Deaf Children with Special Needs
  2. pp. 306-320
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  1. Epilogue: Final Thoughts
  2. pp. 321-324
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  1. Appendix: Resources for Parents
  2. pp. 325-328
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 329-334
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 335-354
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781563686771
Related ISBN
9781563686764
MARC Record
OCLC
962756704
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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