How Can I Support My Child’s Self-Identity as a Developing Adult?
Teenagers with and without disabilities are exploring their self-identity, cultivating their self-concept, and growing their self-esteem. Often, teenagers who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) have conflicting feelings about their self-identity due to the perceived differences between the worlds they navigate; the D/HH world and the hearing world. This conflicting feeling and process of self-identity is a natural step towards adulthood.
Consider exploring this resource which provides information to guide teens who are D/HH through common topics affecting the adolescent journey:
Fitting in When We Stand Out, by Raising a Deaf or Hearing Child and Hands and Voices