As you might know I am a swim coach. I teach swimming to kids between the age of five to seven. In one of my groups is a little boy. He is five or six years old and deaf. He can read lips and he is able to talk, although it is really hard to understand him as he talks really quiet.
Communicating with him is hard. I always try to talk slowly and to tell him what to do with gestures. It works really good most of the time. For me there is nothing better than seeing him smile. He has the prettiest smile I have ever seen. It feels like his smiles come from his heart.
Both of his parents are deaf too and I have way more struggles understanding them than him. Sometimes it gets really frustrating because I don’t want them to feel bad. Ones his mom asked me something and I couldn’t understand her at all. I didn’t know what to do.
Today for example his mom switched up times and he ended up swimming in my later group with the older kids. After practice I wasn’t sure if his mom was going to pick him up on the deck or at the door. We went looking for her because I obviously couldn’t leave him alone. He tried to tell me something but it was too loud to understand. When we finally found his dad he looked really worried because it took him so long. I tried to tell his dad what happened but I am not sure he understood me.
I always wanted to learn sign language. I took American Sign Language in the beginning of my exchange year but I dropped it because I didn’t even understand English properly, which made learning a new language even harder. I do hope I will get to learn sign language one day. I have always been fascinated by it.
Doo any of you know Sign Language?
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