What To Do When Someone Tells You Not To Sign With Your Child

What would you do when someone tells you not to sign with your child?

My daughter, Coral was learning two languages at the same time, English and American Sign Language (ASL).

Lately, she preferred to communicate via ASL and not using her voice to speak.When we go to places, people spoke to her and she replied back in ASL. I went to speak with Coral’s pediatrician at her wellness check up about her speech regression.

Someone Tells You Not To Sign With Your ChildGoing in, I knew that I would probably need to do the research on my own because the pediatrician might not know the best way to help a child of deaf adults (CODA). I was and still is an avid researcher, always finding new information to better myself and how I parent Coral anyways.

I thought that the pediatrician would say that we could send Coral to get evaluated, but really it is not a big deal. Boy, how wrong I was.

Just like a typical mom, I was concerned and I wanted to make sure my daughter is not delayed in any way. Before we went in the room, I told my interpreter and asked for her opinion because she was around deaf people and CODAs all the time. She chuckled and said, “Nah, it is just a phase. She is storing the spoken words in her brain and she will start talking in no time.”

The nurse came out to the waiting room and called Coral’s name. We went in the room and the nurse did her regular wellness check.

The pediatrician came in and we talked for a bit. The pediatrician took a couple of minutes to gather her thoughts after I expressed my concerns about her speech regression…

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