Graduate project

A study of printed materials that are available for parents of hearing impaired children

INTRODUCTION. It is generally recognized that parents play a vital role in the educational, social, and emotional development of their children. Dr. E. R. Pinckney, author of Mirror of Your Mind, states that children seem to be learning more outside the school environment. The Carnegie Corporation is undertaking a study that appears to be supporting the same opinion. The importance of the role of parents not be minimized, and for its maximum effectiveness the parents must understand and accept their child and his abilities, disabilities, needs and desires. Parents must also possess an awareness of the various procedures that can be employed to provide assistance counseling, and guidance to the child. The parents should be familiar with the educational philosophy and practices of the child�s school, as well as other available agencies and institutions whose utilization and assistance would be of benefit to the educational, social, and emotional development of the child. The school, home and community present an overlapping and continuous learning environment, and in order for the child to acquire the maximum benefits from this environment, it is mandatory that the parents, teachers, and other related professional personnel form a cooperative team early in the life of the child. The prime objective of this team would be to channel the experiences and elements to which the child is exposed in his environment into positive and meaningful learning. In the case of the hearing-impaired child, the parents� role assumes an even greater import, and numerous obstacles arise to hamper the effectiveness of this role regarding the total development of the child.