There are many ways parents typically cope when they learn that their child is Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HoH). Adapting to a diagnosis of hearing loss is different for each family. Many stages in the process are common. Here are some of the feelings that a parent might experience:
Coming face-to-face with the reality of a diagnosis may look like:
Adjusting to a new reality may look like:
Incomplete grieving can cause parents to get stuck in one part of the process and can stop them from moving forward in their lives. If you are experiencing some of the feelings described above, you may benefit from getting additional support. Many parents find it helpful to talk with other parents who have children who are D/HoH. You can contact Alberta Hands & Voices to help you connect to other parents. Other potential ways to get
support are included in the next section of this toolkit.
-BC Family Hearing Resource Society