Transition Education for Adolescents Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Authored by: John Luckner

Handbook of Adolescent Transition Education for Youth with Disabilities

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415872782
eBook ISBN: 9780203837320
Adobe ISBN: 9781136869761


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A hearing loss of any type or degree can negatively impact the quantity as well as the quality of communication between individuals. The most debilitating effect occurs when a baby is born with a sensorineural hearing loss. Interactions between the baby and significant others are obstructed. The interference generally occurs because 95% of children with a hearing loss are born into hearing families who have little or no experience interacting with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing (Mitchell & Karchmer, 2004). Specifically, most family members have grown up in our sound-oriented society and are used to communicating, mediating, and soothing babies, infants, and toddlers by talking, making noises, singing songs, or reading books to them. Other than making silly faces, family members have no experience or knowledge of how to communicate with the baby without using their voice.

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