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The Silent Garden: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Deaf Child (Paperback)
  • The Silent Garden: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Deaf Child (Paperback)

The Silent Garden: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Deaf Child (Paperback)

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Paperback 344 Pages / Published: 03/02/2017
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For over 30 years, The Silent Garden has offered parents of deaf children the support and unbiased information needed to fully realize their children's potential. This completely revised third edition is a must-have resource that will help parents navigate the complex and unique challenges they face. Accessible, practical, and, above all, open-minded, The Silent Garden educates parents quickly and thoroughly about the many conflicting points of view on what is best for their deaf children. Authors Paul W. Ogden and David H. Smith, who are both deaf, present examples and research that guide parents through often unfamiliar territory. From coping mechanisms for parents to advice on creating healthy home environments, the authors cover a range of topics that impact day-to-day actions and decision-making. The topic of communication is discussed extensively as communication access and language development are crucial not only for intellectual growth, but also for positive family and social relationships. The authors look at American Sign Language, English, and various other modes of communication available to deaf children. Different educational options are presented, and technology including the debate about cochlear implants is reviewed. Deaf children with special needs are considered here as well. Each topic is accompanied by real-life stories that offer further insight. Always encouraging, The Silent Garden empowers parents to be the best advocates for their deaf children. Throughout, the authors emphasize that each choice is highly personal, and they stress that all deaf children have the potential to lead rich, productive, and exciting lives.

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press,U.S.
ISBN: 9781563686764
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
Edition: 3rd edition

All too often parents of newly identified Deaf and hard of hearing children contact my office seeking guidance on many of the fundamental issues and questions that Paul Ogden and David Smith address in the third edition of The Silent Garden. I will share this insightful book with new parents knowing that this is a publication that speaks to their hearts and souls in a powerful and truthful manner.--Gerard Buckley, President, National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children have an opportunity to celebrate raising a family in a unique manner. The Silent Garden offers parents the first doorway into their journey in raising a Deaf child. Dr. Ogden and Dr. Smith lead parents through critical discussions about communication, socialization, and learning, all issues that families need to be aware of in nurturing their Deaf or Hard of Hearing child. The authors provide parent-friendly and child-centered chapters ranging from daily life to education that work to scaffold the whole family! Families will gain a wealth of knowledge as well as the assurance that they are not alone. The Silent Garden also is a powerful tool for professionals who work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Understanding the issues that families encounter is imperative for deaf educators, administrators, educational interpreters, speech therapists, etc. --Lisalee D. Egbert, Vice President, American Society for Deaf Children
Through extensive research, firsthand experiences from seasoned parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children across the country, and the authors' own personal insights, Ogden and Smith cover an unrivaled spectrum of topics in The Silent Garden. Parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children are faced with making critically important decisions, often without fully understanding the ramifications of those decisions. Irrefutable evidence shows that remaining idle for too long can have lifelong consequences, and yet there are scarcely enough resources for parents to employ when trying to make well-informed decisions. The Silent Garden effectively fills this gap. Ogden and Smith empower readers, parents and professionals alike, with a treasure trove of ready-to-use tools and copious amounts of information to support the decision-making process.--Jennifer Blohm, Early Intervention Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Specialist

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