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Julie Postance is an author, ghostwriter, journalist and marketing and communications professional. She has worked in the field of deafness since 2005. She has also ghostwritten five books on health and fitness, baby sign language, cosmology and dating. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Julie Postance (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980595304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980595307
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,309,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Postance is the author of Breaking the Sound Barriers: 9 deaf success stories. A journalist and ghostwriter of non-fiction books, she has spent the last four years working for the not for profit organisation Deaf Children Australia where she discovered the desperate need for a hands on guide that would help hearing parents raise their deaf and hard of hearing children. Julie now travels the world, writing words that inspire and change lives. She also teaches others how to write and publish their books. She is based in Melbourne, Australia.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Daws on March 29, 2010
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A must-read for families of deaf and hard of hearing children. Many books on deafness these days try to push an oral or signing agenda, but I like it that this one represents a range of perspectives, from oral, signing and bilingual backgrounds. It is a truly honest account of what is like to go through life with a hearing loss, with a fundamental message that anything can be achieved with a bit of persistence.
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There are 9 different success stories and each one describes success differently. The stories are frank and funny, describe educational and cultural barriers, and full of possibilities and opportunities. They show families making difficult decisions and taking much thought and care to make the right one for their child.

You see, more than 90% of deaf or hard of hearing children are born to hearing parents who have LITTLE or NO experience with hearing loss. For some parents, their deaf child may be the first deaf person they have ever met.

Parents must make life-altering decisions when faced with the reality that their child has some type of hearing loss. Embrace the deaf community. Hearing aids. Cochlear implants. Sign Language. Oral language. Speech therapy. Mainstream school. Specialist school. Identity. How to parent a deaf child. How not to parent a deaf child.

There will always be people who disagree with parents' decisions about their child. But these are all personal decisions. The parents will not be able to please everyone, and they might make a bad decision. But - these 9 stories explain what worked and didn't work for each family. The stories explain how the parents and the deaf child must work extra hard to keep up with others in school. How they must work longer hours and spend more time job hunting and trying to find their niche.

There are also so many emotions and fears associated with the diagnosis. Disabled. Obstacles. Setback. Support. Blame. Grief. Challenge. Limitations. What if? Differently abled. Champion. Choices. Success.

One theme that resonated throughout each of the stories was how they, as deaf children, were treated by their schoolmates.
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I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about children and adults who have hearing disabilities, the obstacles they encounter and how they have each chosen to deal with them. The stories are very inspirational and full of practical tips and strategies. They give real insight into a variety of experiences of deafness and deaf culture. Not only is this book an invaluable resource for parents who have children with hearing impairment and people who live with hearing impairment, but it's an inspirational read for anyone who has a 'barrier' to break down in life -- the stories prove it's possible to break down the barrier and live wonderful full successful lives!
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By Hellse on September 21, 2012
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I was completing an assignment on hearing impairment and needed some data relating to the impact on the child and the family. These personal stories were very moving to me personally and in addition were perfect for my work, although I only used 3 out of the 9. A beautifully put together book documenting both the struggles and successes of hearing loss.
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