“Having a child who is deaf or hard of hearing will take more on your part as a parent. More time, more patience, and more work. It will be different from a hearing child. Different isn't bad, it's just different! Each child is unique and has a variety of needs. The demands of extra time could just as easily come from a child with a learning disability, or an extremely bright child. It doesn't in any way change or diminish all of the wonderful experiences of being a parent. Some of them might be different, but different is a good thing!"
For more testimonies like this, visit Boystown National Research Hospital’s Parent to Parent section: http://www.babyhearing.org/Parent2Parent/parenttalk/raisechild.asp
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