The Social Relational Model of Deaf Childhood in Action

  • Kristin Snoddon
  • Kathryn Underwood


  • Early childhood education and care discourse on inclusion and ‘supports’ presents parents of young deaf children with false options regarding language learning that are not in the best interests of deaf children.

  • The authors argue that the social relational model of deaf childhood can account for differences in children and their communities.

  • The first author’s research, presented here, describes the process of developing an intensive American Sign Language (ASL) curriculum for parents of young deaf children. This curriculum is aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR; Snoddon 2015).

  • The research shows how the social relational model can be put into action for the parents of different deaf children.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristin Snoddon
    • 1
  • Kathryn Underwood
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Linguistics and Language StudiesCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.School of Early Childhood StudiesRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada

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