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Zarem, S. (2003). Signs of Connection: Working with Deaf Parents and Hearing Children in a Nursery Setting. Psychoanal. St. Child, 58:228-245.

(2003). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 58:228-245

Signs of Connection: Working with Deaf Parents and Hearing Children in a Nursery Setting

Sara Zarem, Ph.D.

When deaf adults find themselves the parents of a hearing child, a cycle of disrupted communication and attachment may ensue between the parent and child. Not only may the parent-child bond be compromised, but the social-emotional development of the child and the parents' feelings of empowerment may be at risk as well. This paper details a psychoanalytically-informed approach to working with mixed deaf and hearing parent-child relationships in a nursery setting where the goal is to prevent such potential disruptions and derailments.

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