Raising and Educating a Deaf Child

International experts answer your questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by the parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Question from L.M., West Virginia

What is the best home schooling for deaf and hard-of-hearing children?

Question from L.M., West Virginia. Posted October 27, 2017.
Response from Marc Marschark - NTID

As far as we can tell, there is no published research on the effectiveness of homeschooling for deaf and hard-of-hearing children in any age bracket. A quick Internet search using “homeschooling deaf” yielded over a dozen hits, some of which provided extensive information that you might find helpful.

Homeschooling appears to provide a number of advantages for deaf children, particularly with regard to ensuring effective access and communication (assuming, of course, that parents have established an effective mode of communication with their deaf child). As with any homeschooling, it is important to ensure that children have access to social interactions with peers, and local chapters of Hands & Voices or the American Society for Deaf Children might be helpful in that regard, as might a school/program for deaf children if there’s one in your area.