“Language builds the bridge to another person, to their mind and to their way of thinking”. (Professor Jan-Ola Östman)
“Many people still make light of the problems you face with a child who can’t hear. Especially when hearing parents have a deaf child”. (A mother)
“It was annoying when you couldn’t point out the simple things. Like, would you like some milk?” (A father)
“Hearing tests proved that our daughter was deaf. It came as no surprise to us. Gradually though, we started to get the feeling that our family was somehow not normal. I got the feeling that our daughter was some sort of a failure of a child”. (A mother)
“She is exactly the way she is. We could never imagine her any other way”. (A father)
“Parents agonise far too much over their sign language – you know, did I get it right and all that. But the little toddler couldn’t care less about that!” (Jari Sinkkonen, Child Psychiatrist)
Words on the Tips of our Fingers describes the language choices of the parents and their children in three families as well as their relationship to spoken and signed languages. Additionally, experts explain the role that language plays in a child’s holistic development.
Production with the support of RAY (Finland’s Slot Machine Association).