The Parent's Guide to Cochlear Implants

The Parent's Guide to Cochlear Implants

by Patricia M. Chute, Mary Ellen Nevins


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Now, parents of deaf children have at hand a complete guide to the process of cochlear implantation. Written by two eminent professionals in deaf education, The Parents' Guide to Cochlear Implants explains in a friendly, easy-to-follow style each stage of the process. Parents will discover how to have their child evaluated to determine her or his suitability for an implant. They'll learn about implant device options, how to choose an implant center, and every detail of the surgical procedure. The initial "switch-on" is described along with counseling about device maintenance. Most importantly, parents will learn their roles in helping their child adjust to and successfully use the cochlear implant. The Parents' Guide to Cochlear Implants emphasizes such critical subjects as learning to listen through home activities, implants as tools for language development, and critical issues regarding school placement. This encouraging book considers the implications for performance in light of the whole child, including issues related to Deaf culture and cochlear implants. The many quotes from parents whose children have had implants will enlighten and reassure parents who are considering the procedure for their own child. With a last word on parenting perspectives and a rich source of resources in the appendices, this one-of-a-kind guide will arm parents of deaf children with complete confidence to make informed decisions about cochlear implantation. Patricia M. Chute is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and Director of Research for the Children's Hearing Institute in New York, NY.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563681295
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1.Beginning the Process5
2.Candidacy Evaluation17
3.Options in Implant Devices25
4.The Surgical Stage41
5.The Post Implantation Stage: Initial Switch-On and Counseling about Device Maintenance49
6.Learning about Listening through Home Activities67
7.The Cochlear Implant as a Tool for Language Development85
8.School Placement Issues97
9.Cochlear Implants and the Whole Child: Implications for Performance109
10.Deaf Culture and the Cochlear Implant126
11.A Perspective on Parenting133
Appendix ANAD Position Statement on Cochlear Implants179
Appendix BResources for Parenting a Deaf Child187
Appendix CPublished Resources on Cochlear Implants189

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