Counseling Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children: Communication Options Professionals who diagnose hearing loss in children or who are involved with intervention for young children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing need a variety of skills and extensive information to adequately counsel parents. To name just a few critical areas of expertise, we should be knowledgeable about the impact ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 1997
Counseling Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children: Communication Options
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  • Catherine S. Quenin
    Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
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Article   |   November 01, 1997
Counseling Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children: Communication Options
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, November 1997, Vol. 7, 7-9. doi:10.1044/hhdc7.3.7
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, November 1997, Vol. 7, 7-9. doi:10.1044/hhdc7.3.7
Professionals who diagnose hearing loss in children or who are involved with intervention for young children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing need a variety of skills and extensive information to adequately counsel parents. To name just a few critical areas of expertise, we should be knowledgeable about the impact of hearing loss on speech and language acquisition; the role of the native language of the family; the latest advances in amplification; the unique educational needs of students who are deaf; state and federal legislation that affects educational practices; as well as social and cultural implications. One area of particular concern to parents is choosing a method of communication. During the last two decades, the array of choices has expanded tremendously. Instead of a fairly simple dichotomy—to sign or not to sign, we have a far more complex maze of options in terms of language and mode.
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