Challenges in communication between deaf children and their family members

In this post, I propose this topic with the purpose of helping professionals or families or even the deaf themselves who deal with deaf children who do not accept sign language to relate better with family members. It is through communication that the human being integrates, participates, coexists and socializes. In this context, the family appears as the great responsible, because it is inside the family that begins the egalitarian formation of a human being. For this to happen, it is necessary to establish a common language channel.

If we search the dictionary, the word “communication” refers to “the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc., to someone else; a message that is given to someone; a letter, telephone call, etc.”

On the other hand, knowing that the sign language brings true communication, most families do not have full knowledge of ASL (American Sign Language) in their depth and do not know that for the deaf person, ASL would mean the mother tongue. Although the family is present in the child’s education, there are many difficulties when communicating with deaf kids. There are families who try to include them in regular school, resource rooms and special rooms, but with no success whatsoever.

Family is where society begins, in which individuals organize concepts and seek maturity through exchanges between their members. For this reason, the ways of educating are incessant, and the family is generally considered to be responsible for the formation of a person’s character.

In this context it is important to know what the true role of the family is and also what the family’s challenges are in communicating with the deaf. Many of them live in small and remote towns and therefore are basically excluded from this communication, and hence sometimes develop mime and gestures to communicate with their deaf children and even confirm that they “communicate well with their children.”


In my next post, I will be pointing out the role of the family to the deaf. See you there!


1 thought on “Challenges in communication between deaf children and their family members”

  1. Hello Renato. This is an interesting topic. I have had a few encounters with deaf individuals. Plus, I have a friend who has significant hearing loss. I would guess most people are curious about folks who are different from them. I was especially curious to know why you chose this blog topic. When I was younger, I learned the sign language alphabet, but I’ve never had a chance to really communicate with anyone via sign language. It seems many deaf people ease communication by reading lips. Good luck with your blog. I would love to see stories about individuals managing life with this.


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