Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Good Presents for a Deaf Baby?

Baby on play mat
Okay, I'll admit it: I don't have a house to decorate or any babies, but I love reading Ohdeedoh. Just call it a weirdness of mine. Today, they posted a question from the aunt of a 6-month-old deaf boy, who's wondering what kind of educational toys she can buy her nephew. Anyone have any suggestions? What do you think are great kid's toys for deaf children?

For me, as a kid, it never mattered whether the toy I had made noise or not. Actually, playing with toys that made noise was one of the indicators of my deafness because I never reacted to the noises, but heck... I didn't feel like I was missing anything. In fact, one of my favorite toys was a stereo with a microphone. I wore out the tape until playing it back made everything sound weird and distorted. It was a great way to freak out the neighborhood kids.

And my other favorite toys as a child weren't necessarily toys... they were books. I attribute a lot of my verbal, writing, and reading skills to the massive amount of books I read as a child. They, too, helped indicate to my parents that I had a hearing loss, when I always wanted to sit to one side of my mother when she read to me, and not the other.

If you have any suggestions I am sure they would love to hear them in the comments at Ohdeedoh.


  1. Something with lots of color and lights. Focusing on the visual. :-)
    Depending on age of child, a video with sign language introduction .

  2. Toys with electronic sounds, like the pull string types, aren't accessible for profoundly to severely Deaf babies. Toys that vibrate, toys that show noisemaking elements (like see-thru robots), pianos and drums are better.

    Toys that involve manipulation, such as pressing buttons to make figurines pop up, knobs and buttons on moving screen toys are good. Babies this age are explorers and like to make things happen visually.

    A little older, puzzles like fitting shapes into holes and putting keys in keyholes to make things happen are good for little fingers. Also pictures of things familiar to him--learn to connect an image on paper with the real thing. These pictures can be used to connect the sign to the item.

  3. With a bag full of happiness, little angels arrive and take your life to a new positive direction. Celebrating the entrance of the newborn in this mortal world, therefore, is a must.
    Baby Presents

  4. Thanks for sharing your provoking artical.

  5. There are picture books with ASL signed on the back, as well as very cool flashcards that kids LOVE. They are created and designed by Signing Time. Come take a look at my website and click on my store and you will see wonderful products for children that teach ASL, good, high quality material and educational as well.

    I love your website! Informative. ~ Joyce, a "latent deaf" instructor for Signing Time Academy


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