ERIC Number: ED389107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Model Programs of Early Education for Hearing-Impaired Children and Their Families.
Gatty, Janice C.
This paper describes five programs of early intervention for children with hearing impairments and their families. Programs are described according to their mission, services, and unique contribution to the field of early intervention. First, essential components of all programs are identified. These are evaluation, audiological management, parent support and education, and one-to-one work with the child. Philosophical controversies in the field over the best ways to teach deaf children language are briefly addressed. The five programs described are: (1) Infant Hearing Resource in Portland, Oregon, which focuses on reducing the effects of hearing loss in the child and increasing the parents' knowledge about deafness; (2) the SKI*HI program, a widely adopted comprehensive, home-based support model designed to be used with children and families through interagency coordination in Utah; (3) the Thayer-Lindsley Family-Centered Nursery (Boston, Massachusetts) which focuses on empowering parents by identifying and resolving emotional issues surrounding the diagnosis of hearing loss in their child; (4) the Visiting Infant and Parent Program (Northampton, Massachusetts), which is a comprehensive evaluation and short-term intervention program; and (5) the Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center: Parent-Infant Program which is implementing a bilingual/bicultural philosophy in which English and American Sign Language are equally valued and deaf adults are involved on a variety of levels. Addresses, telephone numbers, and individuals to contact are listed for each program. (Contains 15 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Education of the Deaf (18th, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 16-20, 1995).