“Exploring AAC to substitute hearing through Neosensory Buzz’s haptic feedback for deaf parents to connect to their kids.
Deaf People Parenting Hearing Children
Ever wonder how difficult it is for deaf people parenting hearing and speaking children, since infant to teen and beyond?
Newborn babies do not speak. Only communication they know is to cry. They cry when hungry, they cry when fussy, they cry when in pain. Imagine a deaf parent, little way from babies crib, they hear nothing! Baby’s cry is unheard. Baby might be in real pain or discomfort which needs immediate attention but her scream will be unheard. How about a device which will listen to baby’s cry and notify deaf parents via haptic feedback on a wearable device in real time?
Pre-schoolers are different than newborns. They learn new ways of communication, they learn to speak but problem with deaf parents remain the same. They are not able to hear what their little ones are trying to communicate. But on a positive side, kids can learn to use smart phone or tablets and can distinguish different image or icons. Yes, I am talking about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for deaf parents not hearing impaired children!
How about an app running on a tablet through which young children can communicate with their deaf parents? App will send haptic signal to a wearable device and deaf parent would be able to recognize the signal pattern.
Older children may prefer to just talk instead of tapping on icons. How about mapping similar actions through voice?”