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Parent Education

  • By: Charlotte J. Enns
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Parent education is critical because the interactions and experiences during first few years of a child’s life establish the foundation for later learning and development. Parents who discover that their child is deaf are confronted with a range of possible interventions and advice on how best to raise a deaf child. The advice from professionals and other parents may take into consideration the individual characteristics of the child and family but often is more strongly influenced by their own understanding of and perspectives on what it means to be deaf. For new parents who have no experience with people who are deaf, their child’s hearing status is often viewed as devastating, shattering their dreams and expectations for their child’s future. Adults who are Deaf often ...

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