Communication is an essential aspect of human interaction and helps connect us to the people around us. The majority of children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) are born to hearing parents who are likely unfamiliar with hearing loss. These parents are then asked to make critical decisions about which communication mode their child will use. It can be a challenging process but one that needs to be done quickly in order to capture the critical language development period. Little research has explored the factors associated with parents’ decisions about communication modality for their children who are DHH and no studies have been done specifically with Canadian parents. This exploratory survey design study examined the factors which influence Canadian parent’s decisions relative to communication modality for their children who are DHH. Results indicate that parents’ personal judgement and a desire for their child to be able to communicate with their family and be happy in their own unique lives were driving forces behind the decisions that were made. Confirming research conducted in other countries, Canadian parents use a combination of their own judgement, professionals’ opinions, the needs of their child and internal values to make communication mode decisions. Implications of these results are discussed as they pertain to parent-professional partnerships and family-centered services.
|Commitee:||Swartwout, Nicole, Conn, Daniel|
|School:||Minot State University|
|School Location:||United States -- North Dakota|
|Source:||MAI 82/2(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Communication, Deaf and hard of hearing, Families|
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