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Facts about  Deaf / Hard of Hearing

Hearing loss and deafness are common disorders that can result from viral infections, high fevers, frequent ear infections, or genetic abnormalities.

Challenges
  • Children with deafness or hearing loss may be slower to speak because they cannot rely on imitation of the words of others to help them learn to speak. Most hearing-disabled children can be taught to speak.
  • Children can use sign language at a very early age to help communicate their needs and wants to the world.
  • Treatment
    Most forms of hearing loss cannot be cured directly, but hearing aids and cochlear implants can sometimes help a child to regain some hearing abilities.
    Hearing-disabled children who are adopted at an early age tend to adapt very well. Many older adoptees as well find their world opening after entering an adoptive family. Contrary to popular belief, children with hearing loss are not difficult to place into families, and many deaf singles and couples, as well as average-hearing people adopt these special children.
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    Waiting Children With  Deaf / Hard of Hearing
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    Meet Adoptive Families Advocating for  Deaf / Hard of Hearing
    Members who advocate for Deaf / Hard of Hearing
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    Articles On Deaf / Hard of Hearing
    The Heart Hears Clearly
    Single mom adopts her 2nd deaf, older child
    Exploring Special Needs Adoption
    New Manual Helps Families Considering Their Adoption Options
    Adopting a Special Needs Child...Is It For You?
    When considering a special needs child, there are a few important questions to ask yourself...
    Attachment and the Special Needs Child
    Meeting the needs of institutionalized and special needs children after adoption.
    Homeschool: Another Learning Environment for Special Children
    How home education can help the adopted child
    Changing Trends in International Adoption
    One year post-hague
    Adopting the International Child with Special Needs
    Over 30 years of evaluating special needs children gives author, Teri Bell, a special insight into what parents need to be aware of.
    Healing Hands
    Adoptive mom and doctor of international medicine, Dr. Jane Aronson is where families turn when they need answers
    What If We Had Never Adopted?
    Choosing our life
    Adopting a child with hearing loss
    The process of choosing to adopt a child who is deaf
    I Saw Perfection
    Finding our Son in Poland
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    Resources Suggest a Link/Resource
    Shriner's Hospital: Free Medical Care for SN Children
    Yahoo Group - Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adoption
    Excellent group for those considering the adoption of Deaf or HOH children.
    Yahoo Group Adopting Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    American Society for Deaf Children
    American Speech-Hearing Association
    Hands and Voices
    National Association of the Deaf
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