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Social Work

  • By: Cheri L. Sinnott, Susan Martin & Deirdre Looney
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Social work services and interventions are beneficial for some individuals who are deaf at multiple points in the life cycle. These services will include a focus on social emotional issues related to communication, social skills, advocacy, and access to resources. Acceptance of being deaf and of Deaf culture by the individual, as well as the individual’s family, school, and community, will have an impact on healthy social emotional growth.

Early Childhood

Newborn Hearing Screening laws that require a hearing screening of newborn infants before leaving the hospital have led to an increase in early identification of deafness. Infants, whose hearing level is identified at the screening, are enrolled in Early Intervention programs provided through statewide Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs. Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) ...

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