Campus: CSU Fresno -- May 17, 2002
Fresno State Professor Publishes the First Spanish
Book on Raising Deaf Children
El Jardin Silencioso: Criando a su Hijo Sordo is translation of his
book The Silent Garden: Raising Your Deaf Child
Dr. Paul Ogden, a Deaf Studies professor at California State University,
Fresno, has released the first book in Spanish that addresses the issue
of raising a deaf or hard of hearing child, El Jardin Silencioso: Criando
a su Hijo Sordo.
The book, a Spanish version of his The Silent Garden: Raising Your Deaf
Child, was first distributed at the California Educators of the Deaf
and Independently Merging Parent Associations of California Together
for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (CALED/IMPACT) conference in Sacramento
El Jardin Silencioso is a guide for parents of deaf and hard of hearing
children designed to help them raise and educate their children and
navigate the uncharted territory of their new experience, Ogden said.
"I decided to publish a Spanish edition of the book after people
at workshops and conferences, my Latino students and Latino colleagues
within the field made me aware of the absence of this kind of publication
for Spanish-speaking families," he said.
Statistics show that 60 percent of deaf and hard of hearing children
in the California school system are Latino, Ogden said, noting that
only three to six percent of all teachers educating these students are
Ogden notes that two important messages in the book are that the child
has a positive experience with their family and that deafness is not
about hearing loss, but about communication.
"I think many hearing professionals, teachers, parents, etc. miss
this very important truth," Ogden said. "If the readers of
my book can come to understand that the central issue to deafness is
communication, then I think they can successfully provide communication
accessibility to the deaf or hard of hearing children in their lives."
Dr. Helda Pinzon-Perez, assistant professor in the Health Science Department
at Fresno State, assisted in the translation. She feels that there are
multiple cultural differences in raising a deaf or hard of hearing child
in a Latino household and more research is needed.
"Unfortunately, very little research has been conducted to document
such difference in Latino families," Pinzon-Perez said. "Dr.
Ogden has opened the door to motivate more researchers and practitioners
to explore the magnitude and the cultural impact of deafness and hard
of hearing in the Latino community."
Ogden hopes that teachers will become aware and recognize the value
of a resource like the Spanish translation of The Silent Garden and
will make it available to Spanish speaking parents of deaf and hard
of hearing children.