ERIC Number: ED181689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Prevention of Some Common Developmental Deviations Associated with Deafness: The Contribution of the Mental Health Professional.
Brinich, Paul M.
Deafness often leads to unnecessary communication deficits which produce developmental deviations in the psychological development of children. These deviations mesh with environmental frustrations and with a continuing lack of reciprocity in human relationships to produce psychopathological symptoms. The primary intervention in work with deaf children is educational; the children and parents must be provided with multimodal communication (visual, aural, and tactile) in order to foster normal psychological development. Mental health professionals can contribute to this process as they work with parental reactions to the diagnosis of deafness (anger, guilt, mourning) which frequently interfere with the development of normal parent-child relationships. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September, 1979)