I discovered a second one . . . or possibly a first.
This also makes me think I may have been wrong about the sex of the person who posted the other anonymous comment. It's possibly a man. I MAY have a decent idea of who is posting these comments . . . but it's a slim chance.
However, to make certain he/she is able to read my response to the second anonymous comment, I'm posting it here separately.
First, here is his/her comment:
you shouldn't be teaching deaf kids how to speak, you are merely oppressing them from their true identity.
Deaf kids shouldn't be speaking english but sign fluently in ASL, period.
you are not a kick ass therapist, but to hurt children.
you should feel ashamed of yourself.
Second, here is my response:
Someone is either an idiot, or doesn't pay attention at all. I'm voting on idiot.
1st of all - I DON'T teach deaf children ANYTHING. I don't work with the deaf. I work with children who are language or speech impaired ONLY. At one point I wanted to work with the deaf, but I didn't because there are not enough positions in AR to allow me to do that.
2nd of all - you are entitled to your opinion, however wrong it is. Deaf children should have the OPTION to do what THEY want. I work at a camp every year with deaf children (NOT in a speech pathologist capacity) who had cochlear implants because THEY chose to. NOT everyone wants to limit themselves to ASL or Signed English. It's kind of like American English speakers learning Spanish. It doesn't hurt them it expands them.
The only thing I am ashamed of is people like you who are close minded. Deaf individuals CAN sign and speak. It's not ONE or the OTHER. It is your prejudice which makes their choice that much harder.
I am a big proponent of ASL and Signed English. I took SEVERAL classes in college on it and have deaf friends whom I communicate with via sign. I think it's a beautiful language and EVERY deaf individual should learn to sign first and then decide if they WANT to expand upon that.
I really hope you read this, because it's obvious that you need your eyes opened and that you make a LOT of incorrect assumptions.
Oh, and by the way, even deaf individuals who chose to sign may need speech-language pathology. They may have a swallowing disorder. They may have disorganized language. They may have a below normal language age.
I hate when people decide to derogatorily comment on a profession they know nothing about. I don't just "teach kids to talk". Speech pathologists are so much more. We have more training on neurology than most doctors, we have training in feeding and swallowing, we perform cognitive therapy, language comprehension therapy, language expression therapy, articulation therapy, swallowing therapy, etc. etc. etc. The things YOU don't know about my profession could fill 100 pages.
Even a deaf individual who chooses sign as his ONLY form of expression MAY have a language disorder and still require my services. I know speech pathologists who work PURELY in sign.
So . . . in essence, you have two choices. Educate yourself or live in ignorance.
So, there you are.
If anyone else has any REAL questions about what I do or the populations I have, will and can work with, feel free to comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.