The Parents' Guide to Cochlear Implants

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Gallaudet University Press, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 197 pages
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Now, parents of deaf children have at hand a complete guide to the process of cochlear implantation. Written by two eminent professionals in deaf education, The Parents' Guide to Cochlear Implants explains in a friendly, easy-to-follow style each stage of the process. Parents will discover how to have their child evaluated to determine her or his suitability for an implant. They'll learn about implant device options, how to choose an implant centre, and every detail of the surgical procedure. The initial switch-on is described along with counselling about device maintenance. Most importantly, parents will learn their roles in helping their child adjust to and successfully use the cochlear implant. The Parents' Guide to Cochlear Implants emphasizes such critical subjects as learning to listen through home activities, implants as tools for language development, and critical issues regarding school placement. This encouraging book considers the implications for performance in light of the whole child, including issues related to Deaf culture and cochlear implants.The authors also include brief stories by parents whose children have had implants that provide reassuring actual experiences to parents considering the procedure for their own child. With a last word on parenting perspectives and a rich source of resources in the appendices, this one-of-a-kind guide will arm parents of deaf children with complete confidence to make informed decisions about cochlear implantation.

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Beginning the Process
Candidacy Evaluation
Options in Implant Devices
The Surgical Stage
Learning about Listening through Ho me Activities
The Cochlear Implant as a Tool
School Placement Issues
Deaf Culture and the Cochlear Implant
A Perspective on Parenting
NAD Position Statement
Resources for Parenting a Deaf Child

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Patricia M. Chute is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Mary Ellen Nevins is Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Deafness at Kean University, Union, New Jersey.

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