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ERIC Number: ED389137
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul-16
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Living with Hearing Loss: A Lifelong Educational Process--A Parent's Perspective.
Miller, Joan E. Heller
The mother of a deaf child recounts her family's experience from her daughter's infancy to her successful adjustment and high achievement in elementary school. Worries during the child's infancy and reaction to the diagnosis at 18 months are documented, as are the mourning process and choosing an educational approach, in this case mainstreaming. The child was first enrolled in an oral/aural parent-infant program, which was later combined with a regular community nursery school program. This combined approach of a smaller "self-contained class" plus a "larger mainstreamed class" was continued in kindergarten while the family became educated in sign language and the deaf culture. In first grade the child was fully mainstreamed, with cued speech used to supplement her predominantly oral education. Her successful adjustment in the mainstream elementary program was felt to be aided by the fact that her parents taught her hearing coaches, teachers, and friends how to communicate with a severely hard-of-hearing person. The importance of fully integrating the deaf child into family conversations is stressed. Suggestions are offered to facilitate the child's transition from elementary to middle school, including advocating for the deaf, cultivating social ties within the deaf community, utilizing social support groups, using assistive listening devices, obtaining professional counseling, and meeting adult deaf and hard-of-hearing role models. (DB)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Communication Skills, Coping, Deafness, Elementary Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Oral Communication Method, Parent Child Relationship, Parent School Relationship, Personal Narratives, Preschool Education, Social Integration, Special Classes, Total Communication
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Education of the Deaf (18th, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 16-20, 1995).