Peer Support for Parents of Children With Hearing Loss Peer support is known to benefit parents of children with hearing loss, but to work best, it needs to include three key pieces: the well-being, knowledge and empowerment of parents and children, according to a study in the American Journal of Audiology. The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing—a national coalition ... Research in Brief
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Peer Support for Parents of Children With Hearing Loss
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Research in Brief   |   January 01, 2015
Peer Support for Parents of Children With Hearing Loss
The ASHA Leader, January 2015, Vol. 20, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB5.20012015.16
The ASHA Leader, January 2015, Vol. 20, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB5.20012015.16
Peer support is known to benefit parents of children with hearing loss, but to work best, it needs to include three key pieces: the well-being, knowledge and empowerment of parents and children, according to a study in the American Journal of Audiology.
The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing—a national coalition that addresses issues important to the early identification, intervention and follow-up care of infants and young children with hearing loss—recommends parent-to-parent support for families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Researchers at Western University in London, Ontario, reviewed data on peer support among parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing to identify components of successful programs.
Based on the findings, the researchers propose a framework in which “supporting parents” seek to enhance the well-being of “learning parents” and their children; inform them about advocacy and the health care system; and empower them to develop competence and confidence. The framework emphasizes mutuality and connectedness between the “supporting” parent and the “learning” parent.
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