Let us play a game. In this game, everyone has to let others know what they want to tell without speaking. Divide yourselves into groups of seven.
Your teacher will give each group a piece of paper with a situation written on it. Each group will read what is written on the paper and prepare a silent act. Keep in mind that you cannot speak. You can express through your face and body actions.
When all the groups are ready with their act, they have to perform one by one in front of the other groups. The others will have to guess what is being acted out.
The children are talking to each other through actions. Have you ever seen anyone talking through actions. Most of us can hear and speak, but there are some people who can neither hear nor speak.
These people talk through actions. They understand what the other person is saying by studying their lip-movements. All of us cannot do everything. Some of us sing well, others write good poetry. Some can climb trees quickly while others can run fast. Some can draw well, others can sing in tune.
We are all special in our own ways. Hence, in schools we can learn
from each other. Like all children, children who cannot speak and hear also go to school to read and write. In schools, sign language is taught to them.
Let us read about a child who cannot hear, yet, who can do
I have a sister, My sister cannot hear
I have a sister
My sister is deaf.
She is special.
There are not many sisters like mine.
My sister can play the piano.
She likes to feel the
deep rumbling chords.
But she will never be able to sing.
She cannot hear the tune.
She likes to leap, to tumble,
to roll, to climb to the top of
the monkey bars.
I wore my sunglasses yesterday.
The frames were very large.
The lenses are very black.
My sister made me take
them off when I spoke.
What do my brown eyes say
to her brown eyes?
Our eyes tell a lot small children tell a lot through their face and hands even before they learn to speak. They understand a lot too. By looking at someone’s face we can tell if the person is happy, sad or angry.
Has it ever happened that you had done some mischief and your mother found out just by looking at your face. We can talk through dance as well. In dance the hands and face are used to convey feelings. These are called mudras and bhavs.