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Safety – #AtoZ Challenge


I’ve spoken at length before about the dangers of traffic when one is deaf, or deafened by headphones. I think it’s actually worse for the latter; as I explained in this post, we hearing people don’t realize how much we don’t use our powers of visual observation.

However, there are many other safety concerns for the mother of a Deaf child.

Chatting while driving: I can sign to Alex, but it’s hard to take my eyes off the road long enough to see what he’s saying. For the most part I make him wait until I stop the car. It makes for some pretty lonely drives for him – at least I have the radio.

Wandering off: You can’t call a Deaf child back, so it’s important to either stay in Alex’s line of sight or physically hang on to him. Letting him walk away from me has led to a few hair raising experiences.

The puppy: Dogs growl before they bite. Alex doesn’t hear the warning. This is a new thing for me, since we’ve only had Winston since just before Christmas. I really need to get him to puppy classes. Winston, not Alex. Then again…

watching the cat

Alex and Winston, watching the cat

My A to Z theme concerns the joys and challenges of being the hearing mother of my Deaf son, Alex. To learn more about his beginnings in life, click here to go to my first A to Z entry.

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

11 thoughts on “Safety – #AtoZ Challenge

  1. I wonder how many parents would want to put their kids in puppy classes…


  2. I’ve seen so many idiots almost get run over because they were crossing the road wearing headphones, so I quite understand your fears on that score.


  3. What made me understand this more, is i have not given a thought about that putting people in danger, i have endangered myself often by putting on headphones while i walk , but i did not think about people who cant hear! thank you for sharing the journey of you and your son!


  4. I never would have thought about driving. I thought it was challenging having a kid in the car seat in the back.


  5. I hadn’t realised how hard it would be driving with a deaf child.
    I wonder if they could invent or have invented
    something where the older child can type on a sort of device which would say what is typed, and vice versa, type what you say for the child to read. It would also work for people who can’t speak for other reasons.
    I mean if we can make it to Mars, this seems like a piece of cake!


  6. I hadn’t thought of that.


  7. So many things a hearing person doesn’t even contemplate until they are put to them. I can understand your fears Linda. Xx


  8. I can see value in taking Alex to the dog training classes, too. Not for training, obviously, but to be part of it, and for the puppy to learn to respond to some of Alex’s non-verbal commands, perhaps.

    Keith Channing A-Zing from


  9. I was doing effective communication training yesterday and we were talking about barriers hat get in the way of communicating and I brought up your blog. I know you wouldn’t want to change your child but I can see the frustration you have from feeling he is missing out on the conventional way of speaking. Well, the true fact is we communicate mostly by our non verbal gestures. So in a way maybe he isn’t losing out as much – I find most of the 30% verbal communication can be idle chit chat at times. It may be a blessing in disguise 😀 I know I am being light hearted. I apologise if this offends you. I can’t imagine what the challenge is like bringing up a child who can’t hear. 🙂 x


  10. So sweet. Your love for him is so endearing. I’m glad we’ve found each other through the A to Z Challenge.

    ~Eli@CoachDaddy (#998)


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