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The Silent Garden: Raising Your Deaf Child
by Paul W. Ogden
Gallaudet University Press, 1996
eISBN: 978-1-56368-185-1 | Paper: 978-1-56368-058-8
Library of Congress Classification HV2392.2.O34 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 649.1512

ABOUT THIS BOOK
ABOUT THIS BOOK
"An informative, supportive work that should be a high priority purchase."

--Library Journal

"Valuable assistance in establishing a means of communication, this sensitive guide is firm support in helping parents make their difficult choices."

--Kirkus Reviews

Now, this completely rewritten edition presents parents of deaf children with more crucial information enhanced by the advances made in the general understanding of what it means to be deaf and the greater possibilities afforded deaf children today. Author Paul Ogden provides parents with a firm foundation for making the difficult decisions necessary to begin their child on the road to realizing his or her full potential.

The Silent Garden orients parents to their child's lack of hearing, what usually is an earthshaking discovery to them. The broad range of types of hearing loss is explained, from minor loss to profound deafness, descriptions that clearly illustrate why being "deaf" does not indicate one specific set of characteristics. This encouraging book also informs parents that their sense of shock is a normal reaction, and that they need to address critical concerns right away, such as how to communicate with their child, including choosing the best mode. Parents also will have to consider what type of school their child should attend and what kinds of professional help will be best for the entire family.

The Silent Garden describes all forms of communication, detailing the choices in sign communication from American Sign Language to the various manual systems based upon English. Technological alternatives are presented, including when and when not to consider cochlear implants. Case studies and interviews with parents of deaf children help to reassure parents that they can prepare their deaf child for a full, productive life.

Paul W. Ogden is Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at California State University in Fresno, California.

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