Journal Article

Evaluation of the Support Services Provided to Deaf Children Attending Secondary General Schools in Cyprus

Kika Hadjikakou, Lenia Petridou and Chryso Stylianou

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 10, issue 2, pages 203-211
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/eni020
Evaluation of the Support Services Provided to Deaf Children Attending Secondary General Schools in Cyprus

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Deaf children have been integrated into secondary schools in Cyprus since 1990. This article reports the results of a major study carried out in Cyprus, the aim of which was to evaluate for the first time the support services available for deaf children receiving their education in secondary general schools. For the purposes of our study, four types of questionnaires were designed and administered to all deaf children integrated into secondary general schools, as well as to their parents, teachers, and head teachers. All participants stressed that the support services are vital for the children's academic success and social integration. The main support services identified by the participants in our study were: one-to-one and group sessions; presence of co-coordinators (special teachers of the deaf); “acoustical treatment” of the classrooms; provision and management of personal amplification, psychological support, and counseling; and in-service training for designated teachers. The majority of the participants expressed satisfaction with the support services offered to them. They also made some suggestions for the improvement of the integration of deaf children into secondary schools in Cyprus.

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

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