A UK-based teenager who’s deaf, has shared a honest account of the social isolation she can feel, when her hearing peers don’t understand her position.
Ellen gives tips for everyday chat in mainstream settings in her interview, while acknowledging the need to mix with hearing people for mutual benefit.
Social isolation is a risk for teenagers (all abilities), if they change schools, relocate, lose friends or cannot form close friendships with their peers, for whatever reason. When this happens, it’s important to listen to your teen and to show your support as you both tackle the issue, ideally as a team.
The really great thing is that with some practice, most teens who’re deaf can (and do) learn the social skills for college and for moving into the workplace.