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The Ocean inside: Youth Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Ocean inside: Youth Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

by Autumn Libal
     
 

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For Denzel, sound is a mysterious, mind-stretching thing. He can hear some sounds, but he can't figure out what those sounds mean. Half the time, he just ignores what he hears because none of it makes any sense. At other times, however, he tries to imagine what sound must be like for other people. Then he concentrates on sound intensely. He tries to picture sound,

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For Denzel, sound is a mysterious, mind-stretching thing. He can hear some sounds, but he can't figure out what those sounds mean. Half the time, he just ignores what he hears because none of it makes any sense. At other times, however, he tries to imagine what sound must be like for other people. Then he concentrates on sound intensely. He tries to picture sound, to feel sound, to smell and to taste sound. Because he cannot hear, Denzel tries to imagine sound the way other people might imagine what it's like to fly. But no matter how he tries, Denzel cannot imagine how it would feel to hear the way other people hear.

Ten to 15 percent of all children in the United States are born with a hearing loss of some kind. Children who are deaf and hard of hearing face different types of challenges as they mature. Learning to communicate, overcome discrimination, and find their place in society can be difficult and confusing for children with hearing loss. The situation is complicated by the fact that their peers, teachers, and parents may not understand their needs.

In The Ocean Inside: Youth Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, you will follow Denzel through his own journey through deafness. As you do, you will learn: the unique challenges facing children who are deaf and hard of hearing, strategies for dealing with these challenges and approaches to deaf education, and accomplishments that other deaf people have made along the way.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Readers follow Denzel, born deaf into a hearing family, from infancy to adulthood. Denzel experiences what many deaf/hard-of-hearing children experience from a father who cannot accept his hearing loss, to being teased for his incoherent speech to learning to cope in both Deaf and hearing environments. After each chapter, emotions, cultural behavior, different aspects of deafness, modes of communication, causes of deafness, etc. are explained. The fictional story grabs the reader's attention. The explanations clarify. Each chapter highlights a famous deaf person from Helen Keller to Marlee Matlin. This book is part of the "Youth with Special Needs" series and is useful for deaf students and their friends and parents. It provides the educational and emotional side of what it is like to be deaf. Hearing parents of deaf children would also benefit from reading this book to gain a better understanding of what their children are experiencing and the options open to them. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers Inc, Ages 11 up.
—Janet L. Rose

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422204276
Publisher:
Mason Crest
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Youth with Special Needs Series
Pages:
127
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 Years

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