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Resources – Hard of Hearing, Hearing Impairment, Deaf and Sign Language

Kaitlin Atkinson Family Resource Library

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Resource List for Families on Hard of Hearing, Hearing Impairments or Deaf

Resource List for Families on Sign Language

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Resource List for Families on Hard of Hearing, Hearing Impairments or Deaf

Better communication and cochlear implants: a user's guide -- Austin, TX: Hear Again, 2000.
This workbook is filled with information and practice activities that will help the cochlear implant user learn how to hear again.
FAM HV 2426 .B47

Choices in deafness: a parents' guide to communication options -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2007.
This guide provides comprehensive information on various methodologies with straightforward delivery, offering the perspective of parents and of children who have grown up since the publication of the first edition. This edition also covers in depth the medical causes of hearing loss, the diagnostic process, meeting with the audiologist, and the pros and cons of the newest technology, the cochlear implant.
FAM HV 2471 .C46 2007

El Deafo / Bell, CeCe; Lasky, David (ill.). -- New York: Amulet Books, 2014.
Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All.
FAM HV 2391 .B47 2014

Patrick, l'enfant qui entendait mal / Riske, Maureen Cassidy -- Mississauga, ON: Phonak, 1993.
Ce livre suit Patrick, qui a de la difficulté à tout entendre, et son adaptation lorsqu’il doit mettre des appareils auditifs. Pour les enfants de 4 à 8 ans
FAM HV 2392 .R5714

Raising and educating a deaf child / Marschark, Marc -- New York: Oxford UP, 1997.
This second edition offers a readable, comprehensive summary of everything a parent or teacher would want to know about raising and educating a deaf child. It covers topics ranging from what it means to be deaf to the many ways that the environments of home and school can influence a deaf child's chances for success in academic and social circles. The new edition provides expanded coverage of cochlear implants, spoken language, mental health, and educational issues relating to deaf children enrolled in integrated and separate settings.
FAM HV 2391 .M26

A screaming kind of day / Gilmore, Rachna -- Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1999.
About a young hearing-impaired girl, her family, and her love for the rain. Appropriate for ages: 4-8 years
FAM HV 2391 .G54

Starting point: a resource for parents of deaf or hard of hearing children / Canadian Hearing Society -- Toronto: Canadian Hearing Society, 1999.
FAM HV 2576 .C35 1999

Taking hearing impairment to school / Schneider, Elaine Ernst -- Plainview, NY: Jayjo Books, 2004.
Through Jacob's story, readers learn about sign language, interpreters, hearing aids and speech therapy for kids with hearing impairments.
FAM HV 2471 .S36 2004

The young deaf or hard of hearing child a family-centered approach to early education -- Baltimore, MA: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. 2003.
This book is a scholarly resource that provides guiding principles and strategies for early intervention professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and their families. The book takes a family-centered approach and supplements its broad research base with concrete suggestions and vignettes illustrating the experiences of early interventionists and parents of deaf and hard of hearing young children. This book discusses language and literacy, family-centered services, legislation and policy considerations, program development and evaluation, and educational strategies for teaching young children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
FAM HV 2391 .Y68 2003

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Resource List for Families on Sign Language

The ABC's of sign language -- Tulsa, Oklahoma: Manca Press Inc. 1968.
FAM HV 2474 .A22 1968

Baby sign language basics: early communication for hearing babies and toddlers / Briant, Monta Z. -- Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 2009. 
In this book, parents will learn how to make sign language a part of their everyday interactions with their children. Also available in DVD format
FAM HV 2476 .B73 2009

The baby signing bible: baby sign language made easy
/ Berg, Laura. -- New York: Avery, 2012.
This book provides step-by-step instructions for parents and other caregivers, as well as insight into why baby sign language is useful for children of all ages. Featuring 400 signs, the book covers essential nouns such as milk, verbs such as eat, and descriptors such as more. In addition, it features real-life stories from parents who have successfully signed with their children, along with fun songs and games that help families learn to sign and sing. 
FAM HV 2474 .B38 2012

Baby signing time! signing fun with your little one! [DVD] -- [Salt Lake City, Utah]: Two Little Hands Productions, 2005.
This DVD provides vocabulary specific to the daily routines of children from birth to three years. 
FAM HV 2474 .B32 2005 DVD

Sign language: my first 100 words
/ Nelson, Michiyo. -- New York: Scholastic, 2008. 
Featuring sleek graphic illustrations and a simple kid-friendly design, this reference book makes learning sign language fun and easy. Learn one hundred basic signs for everyday use in helpful categories. Also includes instructions on how to finger spell the entire alphabet.
FAM HV 2476 .S54 2008

Sign language for kids: a fun & easy guide to American Sign Language / Heller, Laura. -- New York: Sterling Pub. Co., 2004.
From the ABCs and the 1-2-3s, to full sentences, this guide teaches youngsters all the basics of American Sign Language (ASL).  It starts with the alphabet and counting, and moves on to vocabulary for family, pets, and the home; things at school; days of the week; colors; favorite foods; sports and hobbies; and much more. Often, a sentence accompanies the sign, so that kids can grasp the use of verbs and other parts of ASL grammar.
FAM HV 2476 .H45 2005

Sign language made simple / Lawrence, Edgar D -- Springfield, MI: Gospel Publishing House, 1999.
This book teaches sign language in sentences rather than individual words. It includes graphic drawings, index, and additional learning tools.
FAM HV 2474 .L38 1999

Signing: signed English: a basic guide / Bornstein, Harry -- New York: Crown, 1984.
This is a quick-reference dictionary to sign language for everyone who wants to communicate with someone who is deaf or hearing-impaired.
FAM HV 2474 .B67

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Web Sites

The Canadian Hearing Society / Société canadienne de l’ouïe

The Hearing Foundation of Canada / La foundation canadienne de l’ouïe

AQEPA: Association du Québec pour enfants avec problèmes auditifs

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Hearing Problems in Children – MedlinePlus from the U.S. National Library of Medicine

A.G Bell Association for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing

Kids Health – For Kids, Teens and Parents from the Nemours Foundation

VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children

Canadian Academy of Audiology

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Baby Signing – Lite
● From My Smart Hands
● English
● Free with in-app purchase
● Last updated December 2018
● From Google Play: In the full version you will learn over 300 ASL signs to use when teaching your baby how to sign, this free version comes with 50 signs for you to start with. It can be difficult to learn and remember new signs. This app offers you instructions on how to make the signs as well as memory tips to help you remember them. There is a fun quiz for you to play to test your knowledge. You can select the number of questions as well as answers to choose from, making it as hard or easy as you’d like.
● Available from Google Play & iTunes
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Local Contacts

Canadian Association of the Deaf / Association des Sourds du Canada
Suite 606, 251 Bank St.
Ottawa, ON K2P 1X3

Canadian Hearing Society / Société canadienne de l’ouïe CHS Ottawa
2197 Riverside Dr., Suite 600
Ottawa, ON K1H 7X3
TTY 877-215-9530

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

The guide represents material available in the Family Resource Library collection at CHEO. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Your local public library may also be able to provide valuable information.

If you require materials in alternative formats, please contact the library at 613-737-7600 ext. 2157 or at

Last Updated: December 2018
Links Tested: December 2018

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