New here - 9yo deaf daughter with emotional issues
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|Tue, 06-07-2011 - 4:47pm|
Hi, I'm the mom to a 9 year old hard of hearing daughter. She has bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, and her loss is about 55db (moderate to moderate-severe). She is oral almost 100%, although we use alot of cues, some sign at home, and accomodations at home and school (hearing aids, FM system).
We didn't figure out she was deaf until she was 6. I can't believe it took me that long to realize that there was something wrong with my baby! Since she started school, we knew there was something off about her because her teachers complained of behavior issues (ADHD-ish) and that she "just won't listen". Unfortunately, she has had bad experiences in school - she got the reputation early on as the kid who gets in trouble. Couple that with the fact that she was socially delayed and didn't pick up any of the peripheral cues of society around her, plus her dad and I got divorced, plus she is wearing hearing aids, plus the teacher doesn't think its her deafness but her laziness coming into play... I now have a little girl who is deaf AND damaged with low self-esteem, few friends, and anxiety.
I don't know where to turn or what to do - I have fought hard with the school system for 3 years to get her accomodations in the classroom and to help her teachers understand how to best teach my daughter, but honestly, I dont know if I'm doing enough, I don't know how to heal her and fix this and it breaks my heart...