Presenter Information:
Presenter 1: Name: Lori Day
Lori Day is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at Gallaudet University. She earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University in 2008. Her clinical and research interests include hearing families with deaf children and psychological assessment of deaf children. She plans to complete her doctoral training in 2010.
Author Information:
Author 1: Name: Lori Day
Affiliation: Gallaudet University
Abstract Information:
Title: Hearing Parents of Deaf Children: The Effects of Health Professionals’ Advice on Parental Decision-Making
Primary Track: 1-EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): Hearing loss detection; health professionals


Hearing parents of deaf children face many decisions when it comes to caring for their deaf child. The information given to these parents regarding interventions and services, along with the decisions they make, has important implications for their child’s development. The goal of the present study was to investigate how various health professional groups connect with the families they are serving in relation to the identification of and intervention with deaf children. A survey was designed to obtain a thorough understanding of the kind of advice parents receive from health professionals and how parents in turn make decisions about services and interventions for their deaf child. Data was collected via an online survey developed for the purpose of this study. Parents of a deaf child between the ages of 2 and 6 were chosen as participants for this study in order to provide a current picture of the diagnostic process. Responses were obtained from 39 different states in the U.S, including the District of Columbia. The mean age of detection of hearing loss was 10.48 months. Information was collected about the following health professionals: pediatricians, audiologists, speech/language pathologists, otolaryngologists, psychologists/social workers, geneticists, and early intervention specialists. Analysis of the data provides feedback about a number of issues related to health professionals and family decision-making processes including which professionals were rated as most supportive of parents during their decision-making process, most knowledgeable about deafness and hearing loss, and most influential for parental decision-making. The results provide information about improvements that can be made in the hearing loss diagnostic process.
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