ERIC Number: ED029419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
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Home Teaching for Parents of Young Deaf Children. Final Report.
Lowell, Edgar L.
To explore and evaluate the feasibility of providing language instruction to parents of young deaf children in a home-like environment, a demonstration home was established at a clinic. Parents were invited to attend weekly meetings which were reduced to hour in length during the course of the project. Parents could bring other siblings, family members, and materials from their own home. A single tutor worked with each family in separate rooms in language building activities. Fifty-two families who visited the demonstration home for 10 weekly visits were compared with 25 families who were enrolled in the John Tracy Clinic traditional service program. Language development in the children was assessed with the Boone Scale and changes in the parents' information and attitudes were assessed by scales previously developed at the Clinic. The language scales were too unreliable to be satisfactory, but all showed substantial gains for the demonstration home children. The parent information scores showed that the demonstration home parents did slightly better than the control group of parents. There was no change in the parent attitude scales. Experience with the program was judged so satisfactory by the staff of John Tracy Clinic that the program is being continued as a Clinic function after the expiration of federal grant and has been extended to two similar branch programs. (RJ)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: John Tracy Clinic, Los Angeles, CA.