Marsha Moore is the Deaf mother of 4 CODAs.
All are valison of High School class. The first one is Jason. The second is Sara. The third is Megan. Fourth is Jack. Sharing some points of what I did with kids when they were small. I read a lot of books. I taught them when they were small by showing books with pictures and taking them to the library for weekly storytelling. That’s cool.
This was good exposure for them as they could hear English and use Sign Language at home. It helped them develop two languages at the same time while growing up. The interesting part is that my second daughter is majoring in linguistics. She is really fluent in four languages. ASL, English, French, and Japanese. On TV you have shows like Barney & Friends, Blues Clues, Diego & Friends, Dora the Explorer, and many other shows. I would show these to them and they learned from that too.
Plus pre-school, library time, storytelling, and playgroups are important. I think when they meet others when they are small they learn social skills which are very important. Plus family involvement too! All of my 4 children have strong leadership skills. First, three children were in the High School marching band. The first one was the squad leader for the Clarinet section. Most people say I must hate music because I can’t hear. Fine, but their passion is important. If they want to be involved in that, encourage them. It is your job as parents to encourage them to be involved. I really do believe that it takes a village to raise a child, in my case, children. We all support each other. Teachers, family, friends, neighbors, communities, soccer, baseball, or the marching band. We are all a family together. Make sure you are involved in their life. Meaning if they are involved in sports, go to all of their games. If they are involved with clubs, go to the club activities. Or musical events, march bands, or whatever. If you are Deaf, it doesn’t matter. Still keep going and support your children in whatever they do. We do a lot of traveling too. Expose language development. That’s the key to starting when they are small. As they grow up, they become more involved in what they do in life.