Social Competence of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

Paperback | July 13, 2015

byShirin D. Antia, Kathryn H. Kreimeyer

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Social Competence of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children addresses the development, assessment, and promotion of social competence in children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH). Most children readily develop social competence through the mutually dependent development of social skills andsocial relationships. Why then write a book on the social competence of DHH children? Hearing loss, with its resulting communication challenges, has the potential to impede the development of social skills and restrict social relationships. In this volume, Shirin D. Antia and Kathryn H. Kreimeyerhighlight multiple strategies that teachers, families, and community members can utilize to promote the social competence of DHH children.The authors approach this topic by first describing the development and expression of social competence in infants, as well as in preschool- and school-age hearing and DHH children. Socially competent children display a flexible repertoire of social behaviors that are appropriately utilized invarying social situations and which further children's social goals. Since social competence develops initially through interactions between infants and their caretakers, a primary consideration for children with hearing loss is that the infant and caretaker share a common communication approach tofacilitate early interaction. As infants become preschool age, opportunities for interactions with other children increase and social interactions revolve around play. The development of interactive and of pretend play requires children to communicate with one another to assume roles, sharefantasies, and solve social conflicts. DHH children must develop communication skills to participate in interactive play, and hearing children may need guidance to successfully engage with DHH peers. For school-age children, the importance of peer acceptance increases; DHH children need supportivesituations both within and outside of school to interact with peers, develop friendships, and refine the social behaviors that promote peer acceptance. The authors present a variety of practical ways to assess the social competence of DHH children. They emphasize the role of assessment in identifying social strengths and needs to establish a basis for any necessary intervention. They then present ways to promote social competence, with a separatefocus on strategies appropriate for young DHH children and for school-age DHH children. For both age groups, the authors address the role of families, professionals, schools, and communities in helping children develop the skills needed to become socially competent individuals. This book will be avaluable resource for the parents and families of DHH children, for the general and special educators who teach these children, and for the researchers who describe development and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies to promote the social competence of DHH children.

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Social Competence of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children addresses the development, assessment, and promotion of social competence in children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH). Most children readily develop social competence through the mutually dependent development of social skills andsocial relationships. Why then write a book on...

Shirin D. Antia is a professor in the University of Arizona's College of Education and has been involved in education of deaf and hard-of-hearing children since 1971. She has taught DHH children in the United States and in India and has been involved in teacher preparation and research. She is the recipient of several research grants t...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:July 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199957738

ISBN - 13:9780199957736

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1. Why Write a Book on the Social Competence of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Children?2. Social Competence and Its Importance3. Social Competence of Young DHH Children4. Social Competence of School-Age Children5. Factors Influencing Social-Competence Development and Outcomes6. A Primer on Understanding Instruments That Measure Social Competence7. Checklists and Questionnaires to Assess DHH Children's Social Skills8. The Use of Observation and Sociometric Methods to Assess Social Behavior and Friendship Patterns9. Framework for Promoting Social Competence10. How to Promote Social Competence of Young DHH Children: The Role of the Family11. Promoting Social Competence of Young DHH Children: The Role of Schools and Professionals12. How to Promote Social Competence of School-Age DHH Children: The Role of the Family and Community13. Promoting Social Competence of School-Age DHH Children: The Role of Schools and Professionals14. Conclusions