This study investigated parents' perspectives of programs and services in public schools for deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to age five. Parents were surveyed about their experiences of the services that they and their children are currently being offered in these programs. Selected parents participated in follow-up interviews. The current study hypothesized that parents would contribute valuable information about the services that are currently provided to young deaf and hard of hearing children in public school programs. Exploring parents' viewpoints is important because young deaf and hard of hearing children are entering public school programs in increasing numbers. Results showed that parents expressed strengths and challenges about the services that they and their children received. This study provides insight for future research and policy development in the field of early childhood deaf education.
|Advisor:||Shimpi, Priya M.|
|Commitee:||Van Steenberg, Vicki M.|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Early childhood education, Special education|
|Keywords:||Birth to five, Children, Deaf, Hard of hearing, Parents, Public school|
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