Graduate project

Convergent communication : promoting productive parent-professional understanding

Parents of hearing impaired children are often bombarded with new information. Because of the way it is presented to them by professionals, they are often hesitant or unable to ask questions. Many times professionals forget the fact that though the information is routine to them, it is brand new and often threatening to parents. Professional jargon and parental reticence often impede communication among the individuals closely involved with the overall development of hearing impaired children. By becoming more aware of each other�s perspective and needs, it is assumed that a valuable information dialogue could take place between parents and professionals so not only could they gain a more thorough understanding of issues relating to the child, but also the child could ultimately benefit from this mutual advocacy and understanding.