Working With Parents of School Aged Children: Staying in Step While Keeping a Step Ahead Parents of children with hearing impairment have often described two kinds of experiences that seemingly contradict: being “bombarded” with information about hearing loss and aural (re)habilitation, and yet not being given enough of this information (Beazley & Moore, 1995; Kroth, 1987; Martin, George, O’Neal, & Daly, 1987). Although it ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2000
Working With Parents of School Aged Children: Staying in Step While Keeping a Step Ahead
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  • Kris English
    Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA
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Article   |   August 01, 2000
Working With Parents of School Aged Children: Staying in Step While Keeping a Step Ahead
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, August 2000, Vol. 10, 17-20. doi:10.1044/hhdc10.1.17
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, August 2000, Vol. 10, 17-20. doi:10.1044/hhdc10.1.17
Parents of children with hearing impairment have often described two kinds of experiences that seemingly contradict: being “bombarded” with information about hearing loss and aural (re)habilitation, and yet not being given enough of this information (Beazley & Moore, 1995; Kroth, 1987; Martin, George, O’Neal, & Daly, 1987). Although it may seem illogical, both perspectives can describe the very same situation, when the information received is not the information requested. For example, if I am wondering if my hard of hearing daughter will have difficulty making friends in her new Girl Scout troop and you recommend she bring her FM system to the meeting, there is a risk of a “communication mismatch”: Did you directly answer my concern? We don’t know; after all, it’s not known yet whether I was referring to her communication skills, social skills, self-confidence, comfort level with strangers, or her ability to hear in this circumstance. It is quite possible that the response I received was not the response I was looking for at this moment. I could feel both bomdarded and ignored at the same time.
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