ERIC Number: ED204949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Give the Parents a Chance.
The author describes a Parent-Infant Program in which parents are trained to develop listening skills in their children with communication handicaps, which may or may not be accompanied by hearing impairments. Parents are seen in clinic settings, the Home Demonstration Center, in groups, and in their child's nursery class. The quality of the interaction between parent and child is significant in the development of language competence. General parent behaviors which facilitate interaction are showing physical affection, recognizing the child's focus of attention, and notifying the child when he is being addressed. Following structuring of the environment, the child should be taught to be aware of sound, attend to speech, and recognize the parent's verbal stimulus. The greater the hearing loss, the more the child will rely on vision to compensate; therefore parents should know about the need for sufficient light, the necessity to present the best possible speech patterns, and the importance of allowing the child to "eye" the speaker. Language, particularly for the hearing impaired child, should be frequent, personal, and meaningful. (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of The Council for Exceptional Children (59th, New York, NY, April, 1981, Session T-34).