The Deaf Child in the Family and at School
Essays in Honor of Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans
Edited by Patricia Elizab Spencer, Carol J. Erting, Marc Marschark
Psychology Press – 1999 – 344 pages
This book presents chapters by many eminent researchers and interventionists, all of whom address the development of deaf and hard-of-hearing children in the context of family and school. A variety of disciplines and perspectives are provided in order to capture the complexity of factors affecting development of these children in their diverse environments. Consistent with current theory and educational practice, the book focuses most strongly on the interaction of family and child strengths and needs and the role of educational and other interventionists in supporting family and child growth. This work, and the authors represented in it, have been influenced by the seminal work of Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans, whose work continues to apply a multidisciplinary, developmental approach to understanding the development of deaf children.
The book differs from other collections in the degree to which the chapters share ecological and developmental theoretical bases. A synthesis of information is provided in section introductions and in an afterword provided by Dr. Meadow-Orlans. The book reflects emerging research practice in the field by representing both qualitative and quantitative approaches. In addition, the book is notable for the contributions of deaf as well as hearing authors and for chapters in which research participants speak for themselves--providing first-person accounts of experiences and feelings of deaf children and their parents. Some chapters in the book may surprise readers in that they present a more positive view of family and child functioning than has historically been the case in this field. This is consistent with emerging data from deaf and hard of hearing children who have benefitted from early identification and intervention. In addition, it represents an emerging recognition of strengths shown by the children and by their deaf and hearing parents.
The book moves from consideration of child and family to a focus on the role and effects of school environments on development. Issues of culture and expectations pervade the chapters in this section of the book, which includes chapters addressing effects of school placement options, positive effects of learning about deaf culture and history, effects of changing educational practice in developing nations, and the need for increased knowledge about ways to meet individual needs of the diverse group of deaf and hard of hearing students.
Thus, the book gives the reader a coherent view of current knowledge and issues in research and intervention for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families. Because the focus is on child and family instead of a specific discipline, the book can serve as a helpful supplemental text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, and language studies with an emphasis on deaf and hard of hearing children.
"Given what we now know about cognitive development, communication, and culture, the time is right for work on a 'new model' to begin. If professionals from all theoretical camps would come together around this challenge, the development of a new model that addresses the evolving needs of deaf learners in the 21st century, that effort--that energy--will be fueled by the initial work of Kathryn Meadow-Orlans. This will help to secure her legacy."
Contents: Dedication. D.F. Moores, Foreword. Introduction to the Book. Part I: The Deaf Child in the Family. M.A. Sheridan, Images of Self and Others: Stories From the Children. M.V. Swisher, Learning to Converse: How Deaf Mothers Support the Development of Attention and Conversational Skills in Their Young Deaf Children. C.J. Erting, C. Thumann-Prezioso, B.S. Benedict, Bilingualism in a Deaf Family: Fingerspelling in Early Childhood. L.S. Koester, H. Papousek, S. Smith-Gray, Intuitive Parenting, Communication, and Interaction With Deaf Infants. A.R. Lederberg, A.K. Prezbindowski, Impact of Child Deafness on Mother-Toddler Interaction: Strengths and Weaknesses. A. Steinberg, Autobiographical Narrative on Growing up Deaf. Part II: The Deaf Child and Family in Transition. P.E. Spencer, Every Opportunity: A Case Study of Hearing Parents and Their Deaf Child. D.M. Mertens, M. Sass-Lehrer, K. Scott-Olson, Sensitivity in the Family-Professional Relationship: Parental Experiences in Families With Young Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. H. Mohay, Language in Sight: Mothers' Strategies for Making Language Visually Accessible to Deaf Children. R. Calderon, M.T. Greenberg, Challenges to Parents and Professionals in Promoting Socioemotional Development in Deaf Children. Part III: The Deaf Child at School. M.S. Stinson, S. Foster, Socialization of Deaf Children and Youths in School. J.E. Nash, Shifting Stigma From Body to Self: Paradoxical Consequences of Mainstreaming. R. Stone, A Bold Step: Changing the Curriculum for Culturally Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. B. Dyssegaard, Emerging Educational Programs for Deaf Students in Mongolia and Nepal: A Special Report. C.T. Akamatsu, C. Musselman, With A. Zwiebel, Nature Versus Nurture in the Development of Cognition in Deaf People. M. Marschark, Education and Development of Deaf Children--or Is It Development and Education? K.P. Meadow-Orlans, Afterword: Deafness and Social Change: Ruminations of a Retiring Researcher.