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Parent Perceptions of Audiology and Speech-Language Services and Support for Young Children with Cochlear Implants

By Patrick Michael Kelly


Parents of children diagnosed with severe-profound sensorineural hearing loss are selecting cochlear implants at an increasing rate and when their children are very young. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists are typically involved in habilitation activities following implantation in an effort to increase children\u27s access to listening and spoken language. These clinicians depend upon parents to participate in habilitation activities that may lead to favorable outcomes for children. However, little evidence exists regarding parents\u27 perspectives on the services and supports audiologists and speech-language pathologists provide in this team effort. Parents can offer valuable feedback to clinicians regarding the type and quality of services they receive. Data gathered systematically from parents can aid in the design and delivery of services. The purpose of my study was to investigate parents\u27 perceptions about the importance of various services and to measure their satisfaction with the support provided to them. Results of the study revealed that parents were overwhelmingly positive about audiologists\u27 and speech-language pathologists\u27 services and support, but preferred services that directly benefitted the child over those that supported the parent. Parents favored a family-centered approach in services, but indicated that the greatest overall positive difference in services and support was for their child, followed by the positive difference for themselves, and then for other family members. Implications for future research and practice are discussed

Topics: Audiology, Cochlear Implants, Parents, Speech-Language, Education, Special Education and Teaching
Publisher: Scholar Commons
Year: 2013
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