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Deaf Couple to Appear on ABC’s Supernanny

October 6, 2008

Supernanny features Jo Frost as she “criss-crosses America taking on some of its toughest parenting challenges,” said an ABC web page. The Baulisch family, Friday October 10, 9/8c (check local listings)

Dorothy and Kip Baulisch, of Papillion, Nebraska, are deaf parents raising four hearing children. They rely heavily on their eldest daughter, Melissa, 18, who understands sign language, as a full-time interpreter. The three youngest daughters are nightmares – Jessica, 8, and Jennifer, 7, challenge their parents to the point where they simply give up trying to control them; while Kristin, 5, totally ignores her parents because she can’t understand what they’re saying, and constantly throws temper tantrums. On a typical evening in the Baulisch household it takes Kip and Dorothy at least three hours to get the younger girls to bed, as they run amok through the house, refusing to settle in. When Melissa has the opportunity to confront her parents, she becomes so frustrated she storms out of the room. Jo brings Dorothy, Kip and Melissa back together to formulate a plan of attack – but can she close the communication gap and bring the Baulisch family back together?

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  1. RLM
    October 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I am little dismayed that the ABC-TV and Supernanny Jo Frost did not use any ASL interpreter(s)! They relied upon both deaf parents for lipreading and speech uses.

    This show will be the good vehicle to educate the American society at large about the issue of unethical and abusive way of using the CODAs as interpreter!

    I will watch this show anyway to see what is going on. Why the Friday nights??

    RLM

  2. Katie
    October 6, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Wait, wait! They didn’t use interpreters? Why didn’t that family advocate for themselves?!!?

  3. joseph
    October 7, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Katie,

    Maybe they didn’t want interpreters, for whatever reason.

  4. joseph
    October 7, 2008 at 5:49 am

    P.S. Sorry, clicked submit too fast. I meant to add: or maybe the Nanny show didn’t want them to rely on terps for family communication? Bec. it would screw up the family more?

  5. LWD
    October 7, 2008 at 7:59 am

    The family needs to be exposed to the Kids of Deaf Adults (KODA) community such as one in Maryland!! Please refer to http://www.nkodafc.org, and encourage the family to attend the conference which will be held next July 2009!! The kids can be enrolled in the day camps, and learn how to deal with Deaf parents as well as siblings. The conference is an excellent tool for the family.

  6. RLM
    October 7, 2008 at 11:01 am

    LWD,

    Very excellent advice for the family appeared in the ABC-TV’s “SuperNanny” and Jo Frost about the KODA chapters and conference!

    I think that one deaf vlogger – Deaf Biker have that deaf family’s email address. Let’s contact her to get in touch with the deaf family.

    I urge you to write a letter of editor to the Variety and some newspapers and magazines to edcuate the society at large about the existence of the KODA organization and conference and chapters. 🙂

    Robert L. Mason (RLM)

  7. Samanatha
    October 7, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    It was disappointing to see that the 3 youngest siblings do not know sign language. Why weren’t they taught since they were babies?!? No wonder the parents cannot control them. It is IMPORTANT to enforce signing at ALL TIMES in order to promote communication for years to come. Also, it is disappointing to see that oldest CODA is used as the interpreter. The show should hire ASL interpreter(s) , and so should the parents in their daily lives. It is sooooo unfair for the CODA to be used as interpreter–robs the childhood out of her. CODAs are SPECIAL people!

  8. me
    October 8, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Samantha,

    sometimes its not easy to teach a baby sign i have one child who signs and the other child is stuborn and was raised confused by me and his father.
    as a single parent his father did not use sign to the children because he was HOH ,but when they are home with me I used sign same time spoke with my voice so they knew waht the word I signed was..
    it could also mean maybe children are ADHD or Autistic( dont know how to spell it) there are many reason why a child to deaf parents dont know sign. not just because maybe the parents didnt teach them…

    as for the older child interpretering for parents .. its a show on families everyday life and the Nany wants to see how their living everyday life so you see they dont have interpter everyday life their son helps…

  9. Anonymous
    October 9, 2008 at 9:59 am
  10. Rose
    October 9, 2008 at 10:01 am

    I watched the clip and am excited to see the show tomorrow night. How do you know that they didn’t use an interpreter? Is it because they said the family relies on the oldest daughter as an interpreter? That doesn’t mean that for the show they used the daughter only. I am not defending ABC, but we should wait until we see the show to know for sure.

  11. Matt
    October 9, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I know the family personally.

    I also know there were interpreters being used for this show.

    Perhaps for some segments there were no interpreters being used for disciplinary purposes which I would understand.

  12. Uglybob
    October 9, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Merlinfairy aka fairlady needs to be on show. She neglects her boys when she is on the computer all day.

    ~Uglybob

  13. BRO09
    October 11, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    ok thx for info.

  14. BRO09
    October 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    oh that is yesterday. I realized today is 11th oh dang, missed the show last night.

  15. vacodagirl
    October 13, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I am watching it now (I recorded it) Funny thing I am a full time Terp and interesting to watch from this side 😉

  16. DAVID FRANK
    October 15, 2008 at 1:37 am

    IT WAS VERY GOOD TO WATCH THE DEAF FAMILY SHOW ON ABC. I KNEW THAT THERE WAS AN INTERPRETER BEHIND THE DEAF FAMILY. MANY DEAF FAMILIES DO NOT LIKE TO USE AN OLDEST KID AS AN INTERPRETER. OF COURSE WE ARE AGAINST THAT BECAUSE WE JUST WANT TO SEE THE OLDEST KID HAVE HER OR HIS GOOD CHILDHOOD AND TEENAGERHOOD. WE ARE NOT STUPID BUT WE KNOW THAT PARENTING JOB IS TOUGHEST IN THE WORLD.
    JO FROST WAS VERY NICE AND SWEET BUT SHE WAS VERY TOUGH AND FAIR. SHE DID HUG THE DEAF FAMILY. IT WAS OBLIVIOUS THAT SHE WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL. SHE DID NOT MIND HELPING THE DEAF FAMILY. THE REASON WAS WE WERE HUMAN BEINGS AS SHE KNEW.
    WE WANT TO WATCH MORE DEAF FAMILY SHOWS IN THE FUTURE FOR BETTER EDUCATION AND UNDERSTANDING OF PARENTING.

  17. Jessica
    October 21, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    They did use an interpreter…they introduced her at the beginning of the show.

  18. L
    October 23, 2008 at 2:33 am

    There were definitely interpreters used through out this show!!!!! Anytime you hear voicing, that was just one of the two interpreters used in this show. The women who voiced did a beautiful job!

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