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Communication Dynamics in Families with Deaf Members

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A family is a unique composition, each member with a distinct personality. In families with children, the behaviour systems within the family, influence how a child or youth interacts with people outside of the family unit. Families with Deaf members have additional, unique dynamics that a family with all hearing members may not intuitively understand. Some of these dynamics may have a direct impact on a child or youth’s learning journey. Consider the responsibility for a child or youth who also interprets ASL/English for a family member, like in the award-winning moving CODA. Understanding can also be lost in translation for a Deaf child or youth, as with any differing languages. By learning more about communication dynamics for families with Deaf members, we can help bridge understanding gaps, building stronger, inclusive communities.

*If you are able, please watch the movie CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) in advance of this adult learning session.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • explore communication dynamics that may exist in a family with Deaf members, with people who have lived experience
  • participate in a conversation in both ASL and English, through an interpreter
  • share perspectives on the movie CODA (Children of Deaf Adults)

Intended Participants:

  • Parents, caregivers, and adult family members of the students APSEA supports
  • School Team members
  • Community Members
  • APSEA employees

Jax Warner, American Sign Language (ASL) Specialist, APSEA