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Families of DHH Children: Positive Sense of Self Transcript

[Title slide appears with the following text: “For Families with Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children Fostering a Positive Sense of Self (State of Minnesota logo) Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing”]

[Leala Holcomb appears and begins to sign.]

>> Leala: It is important that your child has the opportunity to interact with deaf role models. How can deaf role models get involved in your child’s life? 

[Photo insert appears briefly next to Leala. Photo shows four individuals grouped together, looking at an open laptop in front of them.] 

>> Leala (continued): Seek out deaf adults who are willing to befriend your child. Ask your deaf colleagues if they are willing. 

[Photo is replaced by a new photo. It shows the back of two girls wearing dresses and holding each other. They are crossing a wooden bridge onto a grassy patch.]

>> Leala (continued): Make sure your deaf child has the opportunity to befriend other deaf children as well. Encourage them to get together often. 

[Photo is replaced by a cartoon drawing of a person signing the word ‘rabbit’. Text of ‘rabbit’ is above the person’s head. A rabbit stands to the right of the person.]

>> Leala (continued): Watch movies that contain characters who are deaf. Here are some examples.

[Slide with text appears: 

“Websites and Additional Resources to Foster a Positive Sense of Self:

  • Hands Land -
    ASL rhyme and rhythm videos for children
  • Peter’s Picture -
    Designed to foster ASL and written English acquisition
  • ● ASL Nook -
    Family-friendly ASL learning resources.”]

[Leala reappears and begins to sign.]

>> Leala (continued): It is also important to read books that have characters who are deaf as well. Here are some examples. 

[Slide with text appears:

“Books with Deaf Characters that Foster a Positive Sense of Self:

  • Moses Goes to the Circus (2003) by Issac Millman
  • Moses Sees a Play (2004) by Isaac Millman
  • Dad and Me in the Morning (1994) by Patricia Lakin
  • Shay & Ivy Beyond the Kingdom (2015) by Sheena McFeely
  • Hands & Hearts (2014) by Donna Jo Napoli”.]

[Leala reappears and continues to sign.]

>> Leala (continued): There are different local organizations and service agencies that can help you navigate through life while raising your deaf child. 

[Slide with text appears: 

“Local Resources and Additional Information:

[Leala reappears and continues to sign.]

>> Leala (continued):  Maybe you are exploring options for your deaf child’s education. When considering school options, it is important that your deaf child has deaf role models that your child can look up to. Consider making sure your child has deaf peers that they can interact with. Seek out an environment that revolves around language and literacy, in order to stimulate your child with opportunities. Your child can and will thrive and succeed in this type of environment.

[Slide with text appears: 

“What to Look for in a Preschool Program:

  • Deaf adult role models
  • 5 or more books per child
    Varied texts (informational, stories, diverse characters, etc)
  • Daily shared reading time & comfortable reading areas
  • Educational videos, apps, & games in ASL
  • Daily ASL storytime & ASL rhyme and rhythm
  • Print, labels, & books throughout the classroom
  • Language & literacy in all activities.”]

[End credits: 

“Created by 

Debbie Golos, PhD 

Associate Professor & Coordinator of the Deaf Education Teacher Preparation Program 

University of Minnesota

Leala Holcomb, PhD 

Early Childhood Education Specialist

Brynn Roemen, MEd 

Instructor in the Department of Educational Psychology 

University of Minnesota

Damon Timm

Video Production


Leala Holcomb


 [End credits:

(State of Minnesota logo)

“This webinar series was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $360,725 with zero percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The content are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit

“Produced by the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing.”]

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