Journal Article

Parents' Views on Changing Communication After Cochlear Implantation

Linda M. Watson, Tim Hardie, Sue M. Archbold and Alexandra Wheeler

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 13, issue 1, pages 104-116
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online June 2007 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enm036
Parents' Views on Changing Communication After Cochlear Implantation

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We sent questionnaires to families of all 288 children who had received cochlear implants at one center in the United Kingdom at least 5 years previously. Thus, it was a large, unselected group. We received 142 replies and 119 indicated that the child and family had changed their communication approach following cochlear implantation. In 113 cases the change was toward spoken language and in 6 cases the change was toward signed communication. Parents were asked to respond to statements about communication with their deaf child, and their responses indicated that parents wanted the most effective means of communication and one that their child would find most useful in the future. Findings that emerged from parents' comments indicated that the change toward greater use of spoken language was child-led and driven by increased audition. Parents also valued the contribution of signed communication.

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

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