This show was so second nature for me,as I am used to watching circles of kids sign. I am used to having to give all my attention to ASL-if it comes fast,I can handle it,but I might not be able to handle auditory /visual distractions if it is a new signer. I know all about the alarms flashing, hands waving, signs moving.. Do you?
I have worked in mainstream schools and have had self contained classrooms of deaf/hh kids and have transitioned kids to the sleep over residential schools. I have stories of pros and cons of all. I strongly believe that each child is an individual and needs to be where s/he is most comfortable. I used to think Deaf Schools were for lower English learning children who would not get as good as an education as kids in the mainstream. That has changed. Kids are graduating Schools For the Deaf and attending college. These SFTD used to be for all signing kids-that is not true anymore. Kids who use their hearing aids, cochlear implants, voices and signs attend these residential schools. I have had a fully oral HS student transition to the School for the Deaf, learn ASL through "baptism by fire" and go off to the Model Secondary School for the Deaf on the Gallaudet Campus. I have had other kids who use ASL go to other schools. I have had kids with cochlear implants go to a different district to be by more kids with CI's.
I am not here to say what is right or wrong. I think each option needs to be addressed. I will say that I strongly believe that families of kids with hearing loss need to CONNECT with other families with hearing loss. Kids feel isolated/different/left out otherwise. Research is overwhelming that kids may do great academically ,but they still might be suffering emotionally. We all need our identity -be sure you listen to your child and see what s/he wants. Know that placements can change as your child grows and changes within him/herself.
As long as Schools For the Deaf, mainstream classes,resources rooms and self contained classes offer good educations, I say keep them all open. What do you say?