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The following was contributed by Shawn Mahshie at 5 Dec 1995, and posted to DEAF-L by earbear. Shawn is the author of "Educating Deaf Children Bilingually."

It is with some concern that putting the following information over the Internet could get translated into a rumor. I also am short on time and was not able to proofread this, so please excuse its roughness.

Before getting into specifics about the innovations I saw and went to study, I will tell you some overall indications that bilingual educaction of deaf children in Sweden and Denmark is still alive and well.

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2005 Nov 30
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The following was contributed at 23 Jan 1995 by:
Kristina Svartholm
Ph.D., Associate Professor
Dept. of Scandinavian Languages
Stockholm University
S-106 91 Stockholm
SWEDEN


Sweden here! The assumptions and misunderstandings about Sweden seem to be many. I hope that what follows will clear out some of them. Someone wrote something about our hearing parents being more or less forced to learn Swedish Sign Language. I wish to emphazise that we don't force anyone to do anything. Instead, we inform the parents: they get information about what Swedish Sign Language is like, what their deaf child will gain from it, what it is like to be deaf etc.

It is out from this information that the parents get eager for learning Swedish Sign Language, as well as eager about securing their child's opportunities to get a normal linguistic development in this language, i.e. to acquire it in normal interactional settings. It is out from this that the children get a normal social, emotional and cognitive development.

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2005 Nov 28
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(Contributed by Christian Vogler at 18 Nov 1995.)

The following question was asked:

So during this time of language acquisition, while the child is learning the language, and the parents, and other members of the household are learning the language, language delay is accepted. How is this different than the acceptance of English language delay in young oral children?

Answer:

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2005 Nov 29
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2006 Jul 17
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The following was contributed by Shawn Mahshie at 6 Dec 1995, and posted to DEAF-L by earbear. Shawn is the author of "Educating Deaf Children Bilingually."

Summary:

This article discusses some recent test scores of children in Denmark. It is being made available to prevent any misunderstandings that may be going around regarding the current status of bi-bi education of deaf children in Denmark and Sweden.

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2005 Nov 29
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