Deaf Like Me By Thomas S. Spradley And James P. Spradley

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Have you ever felt like there was nothing that you can do for your child? In this book, Deaf Like Me, by Thomas S. Spradley and James P. Spradley, I can see the journey that Lynn’s parents took to get her help. (Spradley & Spradley, 1978). This book was an excellent read. I really liked the way that they described the ways they tried to help Lynn to understand the world around her. The book, is a great asset for any family that might be unexpectedly put into a situation that they know nothing about such as a deaf child.
The author Thomas S. Spadley is Lynn’s father. He is the one that was with them all the time and saw all that his wife Louise tried for their daughter to understand them. The greatest qualification for him to write this book is that he is Lynn’s father. A father’s perspective is great throughout this book, as the reader I can see the intensity of what the family is going through. Since he is a math professor, and does not have a lot of knowledge in English and time, through the whole book he skips around with what they did and when. Later, on in the book that James P. Spradely, Lynn’s uncle also got involved and helped write the book.
James P. Spradely, Lynn’s uncle and co-author of this book, his perspective is also important since he does not live in the house with the family. His perspective is so different from what the family did on a daily basis. Being the reader, I could see how he was needed to help edit the book so that all the things that where important got put into the book so that the reader could see what it is like to have a child that does not speak. The learning process the family went through to see that not all children are the same. To find out that in Lynn’s case her native language is sign language (254). He was also there to be support to the family for through all they went through. Overall, his perspective helped to make the book a little more interesting in that he was not all the time there.
Lynn’s deafness was found through a series of many events. These events consisted of seeing many doctors to see if she could hear or not. Lynn was taken to a doctor to make sure that her ears where fully developed, this doctor said that she was fine. Lynn was also taken to a speech therapist that told them that she could learn and that all she needed was to be talked too. Just talking to her would do it all and that one day she would be able to talk to them. This information gave them some hope that she would be able to communicate someday. They also tried the John Tracy course to help her better learn to lip read to be able to talk to them. This had over a thousand classes to it and things for the family to do. Which they tried intensely with Lynn and did the games and things that came with it with her on a daily basis. (79). Some of the reasons that they thought Lynn could hear where: that when she was six months old, Lynn, had started to make noises and babble (27).No baby could do that except if they...

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