Choices in Deafness: A Parents' Guide to Communication Options

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Sue Schwartz
Woodbine House, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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This book helps parents who have a child with a hearing impairment to make a complex decision. They must choose a communication method for their child, after weighing up the pros and cons of the various educational options and evaluating which one will best meet their child's needs at home, in school, and in the community. This expanded and updated edition explains the medical causes of hearing loss, the diagnostic process, audiological assessment, and the cochlear implant. Then experts present in detail, but without bias, the following communication options: Auditory -- Verbal Approach; Bilingual -- Bicultural Approach; Cued Speech; Oral Approach; Total Communication. Personal stories from parents and children speaking about their choices help to round out this useful guide.

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Overwhelmingly, hearing parents raise deaf children. Most of the time they have no prior exposure to people with hearing loss and must face some very difficult options, for deaf education has been ... Read full review

Choices in deafness: a parents guide

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This book explains in lay language the three communication methods used in the education of hearing-impaired children: the newest, cued speech (lip reading with supplemental hand cues), oral (use of ... Read full review


A Medical Approach to Hearing Loss
The audiological Assessment
The Cochlear Implant

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About the author (1996)

Sue Schwartz retired after 30 years in the Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools' Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. She created the Parent Infant Program in 1972 and worked as its coordinator and teacher for 10 years. Following that, she held a variety of positions within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. From 1983 until 2002 she worked as Parent Counselor, a position she created, assisting families from the infant level through high school. Dr. Schwartz is the author of The New Language of Toys (2004), see page 15. She is the proud grandparent of six wonderful grandchildren.

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