Re: SKITS FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED
Joanne Burns, Admin. Asst., History (BURNS@SSCL.UWO.CA)
Wed, 22 Mar 1995 12:22:17 -0500
In article from Craig Bond, Craig writes:
> Does anyone have a skit (or two?) that would include a part or more for a
> hearing-impaired Cub Scout? One of my Den Leaders called me today and
> asked. He has a skit that includes a non-speaking part, but that's a fairly
> sedentary role and I'm certain that there must be some creative people who
> have developed something for youth in a more active role who are unable to
Craig - I may have different views on this, but why does this Cub Scout have to
have a non-speaking role? In my opinion, one of the reasons he is in Cubs in
to become integrated with others. Is he a Deaf individual or is he hard of
hearing or somehow otherwise hearing-impaired?
If this Cub knows ASL (American Sign Language), wouldn't it be wonderful if he
could speak his role in ASL (of course for the speaking world, someone would
have to do a voice-over). By doing this, this Cub would really feel like he is
an integral member in the unit. By assigning him a non-speaking role because
he is Deaf is taking the easy way out. Perhaps we could all learn some sign
language and come to better understand the Deaf community.
In my Brownie pack, part of the program requires that they learn to say a few
words in sign language. I went a few steps further with this and we used the
song "Sunshine on My Shoulders" by John Denver and learned how to "sign" this
song. We presented this performance to the parents at the Enrollment ceremony.
In this way, the parents understood what the Brownies were signing because they
heard the words.
Two years ago we had a physically challenged Brownie in our pack (she was in a
wheelchair). Some of the options of the Brownie program were that she could
learn a new dance. The other leaders quickly pointed out to me that she was in
a wheelchair and that she couldn't do this. I got around this and chose a
dance that was partner based and that required hand clapping, etc. Michelle led
the Brazilian dance and she was very proud to be part of this group. I think
that this boosted her self-esteem! So much for the can't do idea!
Thinking along this theme, perhaps you could also develop something using
music. I did a lot of library research for this and prepared "sign" song
sheets (since we were learning). You could do the opposite and provide this
Cub with the words, and since he would already know how to sign, you wouldn't
have to look up the specific "signs" for him. Instead of thinking of the can't
approach, think more of the can approach!
Anyway, tell me what others have come up with,
31B Beavers, 85B Brownies, 35 Guides
London, Ontario, Canada
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