Hannah Butt
Professor Shanley
SPEC 1114
Response Paper 2

The film Sound and Fury is about two brothers in an extended third generation deaf family. The movie focuses on the Artinian family; Peter and Chris are brothers and sons of hearing parents. Peter and his wife Nita are both deaf. They have three deaf children, Heather is among one of them. Chris is hearing and is married to Mary who is also hearing. Mary's parents are both deaf. Chris and Mary re the parents of twin boys, their son Peter is also deaf. In the film Chris and Mary decide to pursue a cochlear implant for their 11-month-old son, Peter, while Peter and Nita consider one for their oldest daughter, Heather because she wants one, but in the end they decide not to have her do the surgery.
Some important points from the film were that, Mary's parents. Who are deaf, object to the idea of a cochlear implant. They are afraid that their grandson will lose his deaf identity. They also wonder how Peter will communicate with them once he gets the implant. This changed my thinking of this impairment because to the Deaf community this is a big issue. To them being deaf if an identity. They think that if someone is born deaf they should stay deaf. I never looked at it as being someone's identity, but it does make sense because they have their own language, their own way of communicating and they are happy with being deaf. Another important point from the film was, Peter and Nita were open to the idea of a cochlear implant for their daughter, Heather, but decided not to go through with it because they think she wouldn't fit in with the Deaf crowd anymore. Peter's parents who are hearing started becoming more vocal about choosing an implant for Heather. Peter and Nita began to feel pressured because they were not ready for Heather to get the surgery. Peter thought his children were doing just fine using American Sign Language and that they had a great connection with the deaf community. This also changed my thinking about this impairment because it made me more understanding to why Peter and Nita did not want Heather to get a cochlear implant. As hearing people we have to respect the feelings of those who cant hear. We don't know what it's like and we can't label Peter and Nita as "bad parents" because their whole life they grew up this way and they are not ready for change.
What I have learned from the lecture that I can apply to working with a child with a hearing impairment is that, while some children have permanent hearing loss, other students may suffer temporary losses from colds and ear infections, especially in the early years. As a teacher to ensure the classroom is suitable for hearing impaired students I would turn off equipment that makes background noises, such as fans and projectors. Eliminating extra noise helps students with hearing impairments focus on the class lecture and assignments. Effective communication is vital with a hearing impaired student. Many hard of hearing students rely on lip reading, so when teaching look directly at the student and face the child when communicating or teaching. Signal the child's attention in some way before speaking. Speak naturally and clearly, use facial expressions, gestures, and body language to help convey the message. Some visual strategies are writing instructions on the board, providing visual cues eliminates confusion. Make sure the child is seated near the equipment and can hear the amplified voices.