Graduate project

A counseling program for parents of the preschool deaf child

This writer's experience as a Rehabilitation Counselor has been that the parents of deaf children are in as great a need of counseling services as any group of parents of handicapped children. It is well documented in the literature of deafness that training should be started as early as possible in the deaf child's life. Additionally, parental understanding and guidance are recognized as keys to early steps in working with the child with severe hearing impairment. Therefore, it is desirable that there be in operation a program specifically devised to serve the parent of the deaf child. Such a program would allow for the dissemination of information and, equally important, provide for peer group association among the participants. The program should be devised and administered so that it i s readily available and accessible to the vast majority of those parents who would be eligible and who would desire to participate.