ERIC Number: ED437755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Improving the Delivery of the Sign-Language Instruction Program for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf and Receiving Services from a School for the Deaf.
Toth, Anne E.
This report discusses the outcomes of a practicum designed to address the lack of parent participation in American Sign Language (ASL) training by parents of children with hearing impairments. Using a pretest-posttest design, 46 parents of children who are deaf and receive services from a school for the deaf were surveyed. Based on the needs assessed in the pre-implementation survey, an implementation plan was developed using the resources of the school, parents, and community. Concerns of the parents were identified and four outcomes were specified and achieved. The program aimed at increasing awareness, attendance, use, and active involvement of parents in deciding the kind of sign-language instruction they want for themselves. The post-implementation survey data gave evidence of a 10 percent increase in all four targeted areas. As a result of the program there was an increase from 21 to 39 parents of the 184 eligible parents using the sign-language instruction programs that were offered. Appendices include the Sign-Language Instruction Program Survey for Parents, letters to parents, a synthesis of data compiled from the pre- and post-implementation surveys, and the summary report to parents on practicum completion. (Contains 32 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum I Report, Nova Southeastern University.