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Sound & Fury Part 8

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(Classroom is singing a color song) Everyone: This is a song about colors, colors. We can see them all around. There is red on the stop sign, green on the trees, blue in the sky… Shelby’s Mother: Shelby is doing amazing with the implant in first grade. I was absolutely surprised because I didn’t know how she would be going into a main stream class. I mean the first day I didn’t know she was going to come home crying, this transition was remarkable. Teacher: Shelby what’s your favorite color? Shelby: Rainbow. Teacher: Rainbow. Shelby’s Mother: She just fell right in to the classroom and made new friends and is listening to the teacher and is doing everything a normal first grader does. Teacher: Everybody today is our… Children: Eighteenth day of school. Shelby’s Mother: A lot of times when you say, “Ok kids, let’s get up” and kids are getting up and their pulling their chairs out and that noise, Shelby can miss the next few instructions, but with this sound field box on her desk and with the teacher wearing a microphone, her voice amplifies. Shelby can hear her. (Teacher talks into the microphone and the sound comes from the field box) Teacher: Mix it up Shelby, mix it, mix it, mix it. Chris: Any reaction from the other kids? Shelby’s Mother: I explained to the children, Shelby has a cochlear implant and then I asked them if they wanted to touch it. And all the kids went like this and all of the girls, but there was this one little girl that raised her hand and once she got in line to touch it, everybody else wanted to come up. They all touched it and they all were, ya know, very satisfied with it. It was… Chris: What part of it? Shelby’s Mother: Yeah, I don’t think she realizes she’s deaf. She thinks she’s just like everybody else. Nita: Your about to implant your son and when I see him, I’m going to cry. I think you’re doing it because you really don’t except his deafness. You’re thinking about your parents and you’re afraid. When you look at your parents, you look down at them because their uneducated and you don’t want Peter to be like them. You don’t want your children to be any of us. Mari: No, I accept his deafness. I love my son, but if Peter can have a normal life, why not let him have it? Nita: What do you mean normal? Mari: He can be whatever he wants and he’ll speak for himself. Nita: You want him to be brilliant, you want him to speak, your making it sound like you don’t want Peter to go to a deaf school because you think that the education is so bad. Mari: Nita, deaf school stink. I don’t want that for him. Nita: Oh, that hurts. Mari: Oh, Nita come on I… Nita: Wait, wait a minute. Obliviously, you think that deaf people are behind it doesn’t seem that way to me. Not to me that’s not right no, no. Mari: The average deaf high school graduate reads at the fourth grade level. That’s it, that’s all. Nita: No, oh no, not all. Mari: I didn’t say all I said, most. Nita: Oh God, wait a minute. Wait a minute. You said oh, this really bothers me. Mari: I’m not saying that deaf kids are idiots. No, no! I’m just saying the schools stink. Nita: Deaf parents with deaf children know how to get them a good education. Everybody wants their kids to have a good education, but for you to implant your child at eleven months. Oh no, why now, now, now, now… he’s still just a baby? You should love your child, give your heart to your child, and when he gets older, the time is right, then give him an implant. Don’t destroy his emotion to life; he is a beautiful natural deaf baby. (Baby crying noise and cars driving past the driving van) Nita: After talking to Mari, I was upset and angry, but it kind of woke me up. I asked my husband and he said it’s true some deaf high schools do turn out students who only read at a fourth grade level. (♪Music begins to play softly in the background ♫.) Nita: I realized I’ve got to focus on my kids and find the best school for them. Peter: I knew there was a deaf community in Maryland and I’ve heard that the school there is one of the best in the country. Nita: Heather probably wanted the cochlear implant before because she wasn’t exposed to the deaf world. In Maryland there are so many deaf people that she could really get involved with the deaf community and that’s what we want. James: Hi there, who are you? Heather: (Signs her name H-e-a-t-h-e-r) James: Heather, nice to meet you. And who are you? Tim: Tim James: Can you spell it? Tim: (Signs his name T-i-m) James: Oh, Tim. Hi. Teacher: Ok, come on. Were going to read a story. Do you know the story of misses wishy washy? Everybody take your seats. Heather come one, come on and join us. Little Boy: Oh lovely mud said the pig, oh lovely mud said the cow and she rolled in it around and around and around. Teacher: Hold on…shhh. What do you think happens next? Heather: The cow gets a bath? Heather: I was right! Teacher: That’s right. In with the cow. Wishy washy, wishy, washy. Peter: That’s good, that’s really good. (Music continues to play while children in the background continue to play games.) Nita: At the cochlear implant school in Long Island they weren’t signing and Heather felt left out and couldn’t get involved because everyone spoke. She felt alienated, but here at this school she’s part of the group. Heather walked into that classroom with her eyes wide open. She was so excited when she saw those kids. She jumped right in and got involved. There was no stress on her to think about her speak. Communication was so natural for her; she didn’t have to think about speaking or hearing.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 49 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: Roger Weisberg
Director: Josh Aronson
Views: 129
Posted by: aroutly242 on Dec 15, 2008

Two families continue to debate if their child should get a cochlear implant.

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