Academic journal article The Volta Review

Editors' Preface

Academic journal article The Volta Review

Editors' Preface

Article excerpt

This edition of The Volta Review features research exploring the role and perspective of parents regarding care for a child with hearing loss. First, "From Screening to Care: A Qualitative Analysis of the Parental Experiences Related to Screening and (Re)habilitation Care for Children with Congenital Deafness in Flanders, Belgium" is a study on parent perceptions regarding care after their child did not pass the newborn hearing screening test. The range of parental attitudes towards the professionals that they worked with and their opinions regarding care is extremely helpful in informing early intervention professionals on best practices once an infant or child is in their care. Second, "Parent and Teacher Perceptions of Transitioning Students from a Listening and Spoken Language School to the General Education Setting" is a look at the perceived readiness of a child with hearing loss to enter a mainstream school setting. The parent responses show that a wide variety of tools, including early orientation and ongoing support, are critical for students with hearing loss to succeed in a mainstream educational setting.

The parent-professional dynamic is critical in securing language opportunities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. By looking at parent perceptions, professionals can improve and adapt their practices to better serve the family as a whole. One of the ways that AG Bell is working to aid those conversations is by developing an online information resource called the Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center. …

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