chapter  10
10 Pages

Early intervention for hearing-impaired children in families of ethnic minority origin

BySUSAN TURNER, WENDY LYNAS

They told me Imran was very deaf-he could only hear very loud noises such as big lorries passing or people shouting close by him. They said it wasn’t the sort of deafness a lot of children get-the kind that comes and goes when they have colds. Our son’s deafness is permanent. Will he ever talk? How will he ever understand us? Will he speak our language [Punjabi]? Will he learn English? Will he have to go to a special school? Will he be taken away from his family, his culture, his religion? Who is going to help us? What strangers will come to our home? Will we understand them?