Each time you prepare to make a decision, you will want to gather information from a variety of sources and individuals.
Many decisions become clearer as you watch how your baby responds to what you try! This is a critically important piece of information…what works for your child and family?
The professionals that you consult will vary, depending on the questions you ask and the decisions you make.
As you talk with other parents, look carefully at the similarities between your children. Parents can be very supportive of each other, and know things that no one else can possibly know, but they can also be protective of the choices that they made. If your child has different needs than their child, then your choices may be different. Regardless, other parents understand the challenges of decision making.
Adults who are Deaf or hard of hearing can help parents by sharing their professional and personal experiences. Adults who are Deaf or hard of hearing have “lived experiences” to share with families, and these perspectives are helpful. They can help you understand what it means for your child to be deaf or hard of hearing.
Individual mentors for parents and children may be available as well.
There are now several catalogues that specialize in books, videotapes, and materials that might help parents trying to learn about children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Parents who like to search the Internet will find an abundance of sites, such as this one. Some sources are carefully researched, and some reflect opinions. Opinion-based Internet sources may or may not have accurate information, but you will find many points of view.