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The Use of Visual-Tactile Communication Strategies by Deaf and Hearing Fathers and Mothers of Deaf Infants

Gerrit Loots and Isabel Devisé

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 8, issue 1, pages 31-42
Published in print January 2003 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online January 2003 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/8.1.31
The Use of Visual-Tactile Communication Strategies by Deaf and Hearing Fathers and Mothers of Deaf Infants

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This article presents the results of a study comparing deaf and hearing parents in the use of visual-tactile communication strategies during interaction with their hearing-impaired children between 18 and 24 months of age. The study includes 17 deaf and hard-of-hearing children and 33 parents, covering hearing mothers (n = 12), hearing fathers (n = 11), deaf mothers (n = 5), and deaf fathers (n = 5). The four groups of parents are compared in the use of visual-tactile communication strategies during free play with their children. Overall results show that deaf mothers and deaf fathers differ significantly from hearing parents in the use of a visual communication style adapted to the developmental communication needs and abilities related to the 18- to 24-month age period. The study pays special attention to differences in visual-tactile communication strategies according to hearing status, gender, use of languages, and communication modes.

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Subjects: Education ; Linguistics ; Teaching of Specific Groups and Special Educational Needs

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