ERIC Number: EJ1174211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Early Intervention: A Multicultural Perspective on d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Multilingual Learners
Bowen, Sandy K.
American Annals of the Deaf, v161 n1 p33-42 2016
Today's pluralistic society is characterized by families from many linguistic and cultural backgrounds, including families with infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing (d/Dhh). Taking a multicultural perspective, the author examines family-centered early intervention (FCEI) and the transition to school services for children who are d/Dhh. Working with d/Dhh Multilingual Learners (DMLs) and their families presents a unique challenge to early intervention professionals: ensuring that families have adequate information and resources to make informed choices, particularly regarding communication. The author presents information and research related to (a) family and professional partnerships, (b) cultural contexts for early intervention, (c) family communication decisions and linguistic diversity, (d) emerging research on DMLs, (e) considerations for early intervention providers and interpreters who work with culturally and linguistically diverse d/Dhh infants and toddlers, and (f) cultural reflections on ensuring smooth transitions from early intervention into preschool programs.
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Deafness, Multilingualism, Cultural Differences, Preschool Education, Infants, Toddlers, Cultural Context, Family Relationship, Decision Making, Deaf Interpreting, Bilingualism, Poverty, Social Class, Child Development, Partnerships in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
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