Implications for Intervention with Infants and Families

Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans, Patricia E. Spencer, Lynne Sanford Koester and Annie G. Steinberg

in The World of Deaf Infants

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195147902
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893775 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives on Deafness

Implications for Intervention with Infants and Families

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This chapter summarizes the findings of the research reported in preceding chapters and suggests the implications of these results for parents and educators. One important lesson to be learned from the infants participating in this study is the diversity of their experiences in the first weeks and months of life. They were born into relatively privileged environments: middle class, college-educated, two-parent families. They have the advantages of caring, nurturing parents, early diagnosis and prompt intervention, all of which combine to predict positive developmental outcomes despite the risk factors associated with their early histories. Nevertheless, their medical biographies, particular temperaments, and motor capabilities require individually designed programs for remediating existing difficulties and preventing future complications.

Keywords: deaf infants; deaf parents; hearing infants; hearing parents

Chapter.  4633 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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