Bilingual Deaf and Hearing Families: Narrative Interviews

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This study emphasizes the importance of family support for deaf members, particularly through the use of both American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken and/or written English. Research has shown how these factors influence such areas as a child’s development, performance in school, and relationships with brothers and sisters. In this volume, authors Barbara Bodner-Johnson and Beth S. Benedict concentrate on the vital, positive effects of bilingualism and how families that share their experiences with other families...

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Overview

This study emphasizes the importance of family support for deaf members, particularly through the use of both American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken and/or written English. Research has shown how these factors influence such areas as a child’s development, performance in school, and relationships with brothers and sisters. In this volume, authors Barbara Bodner-Johnson and Beth S. Benedict concentrate on the vital, positive effects of bilingualism and how families that share their experiences with other families can enhance all of their children’s achievement and enrichment.

       Bilingual Deaf and Hearing Families: Narrative Interviews describes the experiences of ten families who have at least one deaf family member. In five of the families, the parents are hearing and they have a deaf child; two of the children in these families have cochlear implants. In three families, both the parents and children are deaf. In one family, the parents are deaf and their daughter is hearing; and in one family, the parents and one child are deaf and they all have cochlear implants, and the deaf child’s twin is hearing.

       The interviews were conducted in the families’ homes using set topics and questions. The family discussions cover a wide range of subjects: cochlear implants, where they live, their thoughts about family relationships, how they participate in the Deaf community, how they arrive at certain decisions, their children’s friendships, and the goals and resiliencies they have as a family.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563685293
  • Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 998,337
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Bodner-Johnson is Professor Emerita of Education, Gallaudet University, Washington DC.

Beth Sonnenstrahl Benedict is Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Gallaudet University, Washington DC.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Laura-Ann Petitto vii

Acknowledgments xii

1 Introduction 1

2 What We Did 9

3 The Mendelsohn/Elliott Family 14

4 The Stevenson/Gavins Family 35

5 The Bahan/Burnes Family 50

6 The Robles-Gordon/McNeely Family 68

7 The Summers Family 86

8 The Crawford Family 107

9 The Benedict Family 129

10 The Fava/Duley Family 161

11 The Fava/Loiacono Family 181

12 The Mitchiner Family 194

13 Exploring the Family Interviews: What the Families Have in Common 210

14 Final Thoughts 230

Appendix A Discussion Questions 235

Appendix B Research Methodology and Analysis 237

Appendix C Resources for Families and Practitioners 239

Appendix D Code List 251

Index 253

About the Authors 257

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