Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Clear Communication

Program Objective and Outline:
   The session aims to guide parents of deaf / hard of hearing children to make sure that words and actions are sending the same message. The challenge is to develop strategies to purposely communicate with a Deaf child and to prevent misunderstanding.

· To identify effects when parents are signing compared to those who are not signing;
· To help parents choose a mode of communication and stick to this system;
· To sort out some issues and concerns so as to come up with feasible solutions.

3:00—3:15 PM: Registration
Parents of Deaf students browsing through the pictures 

Parents of Deaf students registering for the session

3:15—3:20 Opening Prayer by Elizabeth Mogan
Deaf students and their parents attentively listening to the speakers

Pointers for Good Parenting:
This session is meant to be used as a guide for parents to learn basic information on good
parenting skills in handling a Deaf child. It is ideal, for the purpose of communication to
ask your child to teach you how to sign with them clearly. Attempting to learn their
language is a sufficient sign to make them feel that you care for them and embark in their world
and will lead you in achieving a positive impact on them the future.

3:20—3:30 Video Showing

3:30—3:45 Session 1: What they Miss Catherine Joy F. Villareal, SLI 5th year and PEHM Teacher

Research says:
  A deaf child needs different support strategies
  A system of gestural communication develops between parents and child
  Auditory input into a deaf child is not a useful linguistic input
5% - can lip read
40% - sounds are visible to the lips
5% - understand of what is said
     23% - attention can be gained from a Deaf child by a non-signing parent
  Hearing fathers have poorer signing skills than hearing mothers

3:45—4:00 Session 2 : What we Mr. Baldwin Noelito I. Que, Moderator, Program for Deaf Learners
What we know:
5 Reasons why parents don’t take time to learn sign language.
   In denial of their child's deafness.
   Attempting to mold their child into being “normal” (i.e. hearing).
   Socioeconomic status .
   Dependence on other people or member of the family to do the communication for them.
   Family size

   2 years – time it takes for anyone to learn to communicate effectively to a Deaf
   PhP 2500 – average fee to enroll in a basic sign language 
   Free promotion 1 – we can teach you how to sign, you just have to schedule a common time and commit to it.
   Free promo 2 – just ask your child to teach you 1 sign a day

4:00—4:15 Session 3: To sign…by Miss Rhea N. Namol, SLI 2nd year

A Non-Signing Parent:
1. Lost the chance of reading with his deaf child
2. Lost the ability to carry on normal everyday family conversation.
3. Personal issues, values and beliefs of the family or society can’t be communicated well.
1.  Poor comprehension skills
2. Feeling of being unwanted / isolated .
3. Expect from your child to have low self-esteem, inability to control emotions and frustrating level of parental expectations.

4:15—4:30 Session 4: Not to sign…by Miss Rosemarie E. Panlasigue, Guidance Counselor
A Signing Parent:


1. Helps the child develop language.

2. Use of visual strategies, enhance communication.

3. Better familial signing skills


1.  Set the stage for exploration and able to interact socially.

2. Thirst for more learning.

3. Better school achievements.

4:30—5:00 Sharing of a Hearing Parent and a Deaf Parent

5:00—5:15 Open Forum

5:15—5:30 Closing Remarks by Mr. Rheal D. Dayrit, Principal LSGH ANHS

What we suggest:

  In-depth sign language training for parents.

  Involvement in making decisions about educational programs and plans.

  Communicate with visible lips, faces and hands.

  Take time to explore the Deaf community to gain better understanding of your child's deafness. And

  Learn 1 sign a day

5:30—5:35 Conferring of Certificates and Tokens

5:35—5:45 Evaluation and Announcements

5:45—5:50 Closing Prayer

5:50—6:00 Agape

Thanks to the following that make it possible and successful:
Mr. Rheal D. Dayrit - Principal, LSGH-ANHS
Mrs. Geberlie Roesch - Registrar
Homeroom Advisers of Deaf students

ANHS Sign Language Interpreters (Specially to Miss Joi Villareal, Miss Rhea Namol, Miss Rosemarie Panlasigue and Mrs. Leonora Vizoro)
Engr. Noel Sison and the BGO staff
Mr. Mario Maro and the Security Team

Deaf Buddies - Katrina Tamayosa, Mariebel Faeldonea, Christine Acuña, Kim Buenaflor, James Salazar and Jocelyn Chiquito
ANHS Staff - Miss Jamaica Torres, Mrs. Ferlyn Amores, Mr. James Dela Cruz and Mr. Mark Samontina

Deaf Students - Marvin Pagtalunan, Elizabeth Mogan, Joseph Antonio, Sydney Albano, Emil Celestra, Joan Tagayon, Kevin Tan, Hermogenes Doblon, Cromkell Vasquez, Louie Reyes, 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Deaf students participated in the Linggo ng Wika (National Language Week) Contests

As we braved the rainy month of August, the LSGH-ANHS community celebrated “Linggo ng Wika” to commemorate our national language — Filipino, which traces its roots from the Spanish language and other native dialects in the country.

Filipino Language still stands strong after several decades of struggle with its identity. We in the PDL would like to thank our teachers and Hearing peers for including their Deaf classmates as participants in the various contests of the Kalahing Filipino headed by Mr. Jose Isip.
One interesting question, Do you think the Filipino Sign Language will finally be recognized as the National Language of all Filipino Deaf?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Year 3 for Deaf Buddies

After three years of implementation, finding and keeping a signing hearing friends is no longer a challenging task for our Deaf students. 

The Deaf Buddy Club members are honed to communicate in Filipino Sign Language (FSL) and immersed in various discussion / sessions about Deaf culture and their norms. 

Naturally, an important part of the buddies training is interacting with the Deaf and building friendships with them. 

Knowing how to help each other,  both can learn valuable awareness of their cultures (Deaf and Hearing) and sign language skills. 

So for our new new members, welcome and hope you will stay on with us in this journey.