Journal Article

Actual Versus Desired Family-Centered Practice in Early Intervention for Children With Hearing Loss

Sara Ingber and Esther Dromi

in The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education

Volume 15, issue 1, pages 59-71
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1081-4159
Published online September 2009 | e-ISSN: 1465-7325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/deafed/enp025
Actual Versus Desired Family-Centered Practice in Early Intervention for Children With Hearing Loss

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Early intervention programs (EIPs) for children with hearing loss (HL) are increasingly characterized by a growing family-centered orientation. This article examined mothers’ and professionals’ assessments of actual and desired parental involvement in 6 educational centers in Israel that implement an EIP for young children with HL and their parents. Hundred twenty mothers and 60 professionals participated in the study. Data were collected via FOCAS: Family Orientation of Community and Agency Services questionnaire (family and professional versions) that were initially designed in the United States for measuring the level of collaboration between professionals and parents in the course of early intervention. Descriptive statistics and t-test analyses were calculated. The findings indicated that parental involvement in the programs was perceived by mothers and professionals as satisfactorily family centered. However, these programs also need further improvements. Outcomes suggested that parents should be offered a wide range of services to respond to diverse needs, thus increasing parental motivation to become increasingly involved in EIPs.

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

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