Description: This book addresses the overall impact of a child's hearing loss on its parents, siblings, language/listening/social skills development, and education. Also included is a discussion about the latest technologies available, including assistive listening devices, hearing aids, and cochlear implants. The book also dispels myths associated with wearing amplified devices.
Purpose: According to Dr. Luterman, the purpose is to provide parents and other family members a better understanding of hearing loss and its impact on their child.
Audience: Family members of a child with hearing loss parents, siblings, and others - are the intended audience. Dr. Luterman is now professor emeritus at Emerson College in Boston and director of the Thayer Lindsey Family Centered Nursery for Hearing Impaired Children. He has dedicated his career to teaching parents and professionals to better understand and cope with the emotional responses to hearing loss.
Features: The book addresses the emotional impact a child's hearing loss can have on the child as well as on the family dynamics. Also included are discussions on technologies hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices. Other chapters discuss listening as a gateway to learning in the classroom. There is also a guide on educational issues and processes, as well as parental educational legal rights and educational legislation.
Assessment: This is an excellent, easy-to-read introduction for family members coping with a child's hearing loss. One nice feature is the inclusion of excerpts of discussions with family members. Personal perspectives can be very powerful statements.