Benefits of Total Communication as Perceived by Parents of Hearing-Impaired Children Responses to a parent questionnaire served as the basis for assessing the impact of Total Communication (TC) upon social, emotional, and educational growth, as well as upon speeehreading, and speech and hearing aid use. This study was restricted to parents whose hearing-impaired children had initially been enrolled in an aural/oral ... Research Article
Research Article  |   January 1985
Benefits of Total Communication as Perceived by Parents of Hearing-Impaired Children
 
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  • Arlene M. Matkin was a clinical instructor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85712, until the time of her death in the Spring of 1983. Noel D. Matkin is a professor of audiology in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ 85712. Requests for reprints should be sent to him at this address.
    Arlene M. Matkin was a clinical instructor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85712, until the time of her death in the Spring of 1983. Noel D. Matkin is a professor of audiology in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ 85712. Requests for reprints should be sent to him at this address.×
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Research Article   |   January 1985
Benefits of Total Communication as Perceived by Parents of Hearing-Impaired Children
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1985, Vol. 16, 64-74. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1601.64
History: Received June 7, 1983 , Accepted October 10, 1983
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1985, Vol. 16, 64-74. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1601.64
History: Received June 7, 1983; Accepted October 10, 1983

Responses to a parent questionnaire served as the basis for assessing the impact of Total Communication (TC) upon social, emotional, and educational growth, as well as upon speeehreading, and speech and hearing aid use. This study was restricted to parents whose hearing-impaired children had initially been enrolled in an aural/oral program for a minimum of 2 years and then subsequently had been in a TC class in a day school setting for at least 2 years. Results indicate a significant correlation between parents' overall perception as to the benefits of TC and their perception of their children's educational and emotional growth. Further, most parents did not perceive the use of TC as adversely affecting speechreading, speech production, or hearing aid use.

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