Deaf parents raising their hearing child bilingually

I just read a great story about a deaf couple who are raising their hearing son to communicate in both English and American Sign Language (ASL).  Both parents have very limited hearing, but their 1-year-old son is just starting to speak English.  They can’t hear when he talks to them, and they communicate mostly with hand signals and touch, although as he gets older they will spend more time speaking and signing at the same time.

Usually a child will grow up speaking the same language as its parents, so it’s interesting to see what happens when there is another element introduced, where the child is raised to speak a language that his or her parents do not speak as fluently or easily.  The parents have admitted that it will be a challenge, but they will have lots of outside help.

Full story: York Daily Record.

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