ERIC Number: ED026772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
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A Parent-Centered Nursery Program for Preschool Deaf Children. Interim Report.
Luterman, David M.
To try to produce more capable deaf children through early parental education, eight families participated in a 2-semester program. Parents observed the children, aged 18 months to 3 1/2 years, receiving language stimulation in free play in a nursery and observed individual therapy based on the Tracy Correspondence Course. Non-directive group meetings encouraged parents to find their own solutions to problems. Therapists met with parents to discuss the goals and techniques of therapy; parents administered therapy first to another child and then to their own. Lecture type and fathers only meetings were also held. Evaluation of program success based on staff observations indicated growth and change in all of the children and in many parents. Almost all children were lipreading, using speech meaningfully, and performing better in social and play situations. Parents seemed to be helped in resolving their initial confusion, in getting the problem of having a deaf child into perspective, in recognizing that the child was primarily language handicapped, and in appreciating the job of the therapist. (RP)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Counseling Instructional Programs, Deafness, Evaluation Needs, Exceptional Child Research, Group Discussion, Hearing Impairments, Hearing Therapy, Language Acquisition, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Preschool Children, Speech Instruction, Staff Orientation, Tutoring
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Emerson Coll., Boston, MA.