What was this study about?
This 2011 study examines the importance of quality supports after identification of children's hearing loss. A group of 456 American parents of deaf or hard of hearing children were asked to complete a quality-of-life questionnaire rating the importance of 19 aspects of family support.
These aspects included items covering access to informational resources, family and parental social-emotional supports and educational advocacy.
What were the key findings?
- Connecting with families with similar circumstances and gaining support through this connection ranked highest of all aspects.
- Help from extended family members was valued by parents in this study.
- Parents of children with cochlear implants felt they for better professional supports than parents of children with hearing aids.
Where can I read more about this study?
Family Supports and Resources for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
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