Your four year old throws a tantrum, shuts his eyes and screams at the top of his lungs? You can't communicate
Your three year old is so frustrated because she is not getting her way that she screams a cries so hysterically you can't calm her
Your child grabs toys from other kids and can't seem to share
You don't understand why your child disrupts circle time at school by rolling around and commenting at inappropriate times
Your child is loud when eating and seems to not notice his plate crashing with his fork
Your child doesn't understand how to take turns in conversation and will walk away mid sentence
You can't get his attention easily and he seems to pick and chose when you can engage
When your child is socialising with hearing kids he gets aggressive
When you drop him off at school he screams for a full hour shouting at the teachers wanting to go home.
Well if the answer is yes, take a breath and calm down. Next tattoo two words into your brain "Be Consistent!"
The examples I listed are not from deaf children but just a sample of the behaviour I have witnessed teaching typical hearing 2 1/2 - 4 year olds in a classroom setting. We are told our deaf children will have so many problems learning to behave or really be human and yet the behaviour is not compared to hearing kids. If a child has consistent access to their native language from a very early age and consistent discipline I have yet to be convinced that this stereotype has any validity. What I have seen is parents who don't have tools. What I have seen is parents who have been preached the gospel of delays, disability.
For example hearing kids will throw tantrums where they are screaming and having a fit and don't hear a word you say. The parent who is consistent may chose to let the child freak out then talk about it after followed by a consequence. What is the difference? Both parents have to wait, both children can't communicate can't talk while in the midst of a meltdown.
With my son he tried on all sorts of behaviour but I never saw any difference from my hearing friends hearing children. If you give kids the credit they deserve for testing boundaries with the skill of a CIA agent you will see you can't blame deafness for the behaviour. If you do not remain calm and consistent you may see the behaviour worsen. If you don't share fluent language it may worsen and if you are always looking for the weakness you have been preached you are doomed. My thought is stop using deafness as an excuse.
My son was mad about something last summer and he decided it was a good idea to storm off while I was talking and slam his door. I waited patiently for him to emerge from his room. I was calmy working on something. He tried to start the argument again, I ignored him continuing my work signing only once "consequence".
When he came out again, I explained it is ok to be mad but not to direspect me. I also gave him a consequence that sent him back to the tech dark ages. Lesson learned.