Introducing Young Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to Spoken Language Child’sVoice, an Oral School Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 2002
Introducing Young Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to Spoken Language
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Michele Wilkins, EdD
    Child’sVoice, Elmhurst, IL
  • David J. Ertmer
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Author contact: Michele Wilkins, EdD, Executive Director, Child’sVoice, 442 N. West Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126.
    Author contact: Michele Wilkins, EdD, Executive Director, Child’sVoice, 442 N. West Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126.×
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: childsvoic@aol.com
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / School-Based Settings / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Clinical Forum: Oral Communication in Children With Cochlear Implants
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 2002
Introducing Young Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to Spoken Language
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2002, Vol. 33, 196-204. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2002/017)
History: Received August 30, 2001 , Accepted March 28, 2002
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2002, Vol. 33, 196-204. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2002/017)
History: Received August 30, 2001; Accepted March 28, 2002
Web of Science® Times Cited: 8

This article provides an overview of the workings of an oral school for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The key features of the school include low student-teacher ratios, teachers who are trained as oral educators of deaf children, ongoing staff and parent education, specialized curricula, and a strong emphasis on listening and speaking throughout the day. Approximately 75% of the students at the school use cochlear implants; the remainder wear hearing aids. The graduates of this program have shown that an oral school can help many children who are deaf or hard of hearing achieve success as oral communicators and students in mainstream classrooms.

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We would like to express our gratitude to the parents who made Child’sVoice a reality and to the teachers, staff, and families who support the school in so many important ways.
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