What you should know after the first stages of equipment or implantation and implementation of the communication.

Raising a deaf child suppose, for his parents, acquire some knowledge and know-how. Previous articles have focused understanding of disability and responses in terms of technical aids (” Deafness baby or young child deaf “), then the contents of the first early education accompanied by a speech therapist (” Tips parents of young deaf child “). Then comes the moment to determine for the choice of a language or two in the context of bilingualism.

You have chosen the French, without French sign language (LSF) potential barriers

Whether your child is paired (digital conventional prostheses), already present or future implanted, you must accept the idea that none of these responses alone can not guarantee him full access to the French language. Be especially careful that seem appropriate aurally or communicative. One can understand a message without hearing it. The phrase ” I’ve just seen a cat climb to the top of the tree in the garden ‘may, for example, be well understood by hearing only the words “cat climbing tree garden.” This is the risk that threatens your deaf child, if you absolute confidence in his hearing.


Small, the child begins to speak in a way that will seem “normal” he would say a few words, he will juxtaposition, you say then, reassured: ” It’s okay, we understand. ” But to fully assimilate the language, we need more: to be able to understand and use grammatical structures and sentence, suppose you could receive with precision. Pronouns, articles, prepositions, conjunctions, inflections are sometimes “not heard.” On the other hand, even if the child hears and understands words, it will increasingly tend to confuse, as some resemble “by ear.”

Consequences: the child speaks incorrectly, it uses inappropriate words, the higher the level of language becomes more complex, the more it is difficult to understand, access to a good level of reading is compromised.

How to avoid these pitfalls?

Learn at the earliest on the French language spoken completed (LPC): A mode of communication that can effectively complement what is perceived as audio-lip by a code manual. Used an early age, this tool will allow your child to make no impasse on the “little words” it will help to distinguish without difficulty resembling words, it will provide a good level of spoken language and written.

The most important quality early language

Whatever the language, spoken or signed

* it should be well structured;
* it must be received in full.

Need for training

You can learn the LPC. Twenty-one hours of courses offered by the Association for the promotion and development of the LPC (SALW), over two or three days will cost 60 euros (30 euros for any other family member). Summer internships a week are also recommended, they are held in a friendly atmosphere, with parents and children in a holiday village. Departmental associations of parents or local correspondents of SALW also sometimes give inexpensive prices. You can learn the FLSA. The courses are divided in ten to twelve levels, due to one or two levels per year level 4 allows common and simple communication. Prices vary between 300 and 450 euros per level, with preferential rates for parents.