Earlier today, my doorbell rang and so I went to answer the door. When I opened the door, there were two women standing there both looking at me. I stood there and waited, and they didn't say anything. I then asked who they were looking for. The taller woman then gestured to the shorter one who began signing. The taller woman started interpreting for her. I then told them both that I know sign language. They were Jehova's Witnesses, who wanted to tell me about some videos online for children with sign language. We spoke, and then I asked them how they knew I had a deaf son. Now, realize, they had never asked me if I had a son who was deaf, and I doubt they just went door to door informing people of these videos. They then said that a neighbor had mentioned to another Jehova's Witness that there was a deaf boy who lived on the street. I am sure it came up when someone saw the DEAF CHILD AREA sign on our street.
Many people have the misconception that all deaf children sign. Granted, Elijah does understand some signs, but it is not his main mode of communication. The same is true for children with cochlear implants, not all of these children can communicate orally. Many children with cochlear implants still use sign language. There is no right or wrong way, there is just the way that is right for that particular child or family.
THE SHADDOX BOYS
Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. They live with their mom, Mary, who is the writer of this blog. Jacob is 19 and is now four inches taller than his mom! He also has ADHD and gorgeous red hair. He is a freshman at a technical college studying computer maintenance. Elijah is 15! He is in 9th grade and he is not in ROTC at his high school. He also had red hair, but it is lighter and not as thick as his brother's hair. He is hearing impaired(auditory neuropathy) and wears two cochlear implants. He also has tourette syndrome, ADHD, OCD and anxiety! Mary just started her 25th year as a teacher of the deaf. She is also in her last semester of graduate school to be a diagnostician! She will graduate in December of 2015!