The World of Deaf Infants: A Longitudinal Study

Hardcover | July 28, 2004

byKathryn P. Meadow-orlans, Patricia Elizabeth Spencer, Lynne Sanford Koester

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What is the impact of an infant's diminished hearing on the infant and its parents? How does communication develop in cases of diminished hearing? How does diminished hearing affect social and cognitive development? What types of early interventions can improve communication and development ininfants with diminished hearing? The World of Deaf Infants presents the results of a 15-year research study that addresses these questions. Through their research, perhaps the largest, long-term comparison of deaf and hearing infants, Meadow-Orlans's team provides a comprehensive and intimate lookinto the world of deaf infants. For a core group of 80 families that includs all four combinations of parent-infant hearing status, data was collected longitudinally at 9, 12, 15, and 18 months, and mother-infant interactions were recorded and observed in both structured and unstructured settings.Mothers' facial, vocal, and tactile behaviors during interactions were related to infants' temperament and stress; mothers' linguistic and communication behaviors, as well as their overall responsiveness, were related to children's language; and the effects of support provided to mothers wereevaluated and explored. The results were dramatic, particularly those on infant attachment behaviors and the importance of visual attention to the overall development of deaf infants. This comprehensive work provides a foundation on which researchers, teachers, students, and parents can build toimprove communication, cognitive and social development, and to enhance the world of deaf infants.

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What is the impact of an infant's diminished hearing on the infant and its parents? How does communication develop in cases of diminished hearing? How does diminished hearing affect social and cognitive development? What types of early interventions can improve communication and development ininfants with diminished hearing? The World ...

Kathryn P. Meadow-Orlans's research with deaf children and their families spans almost 40 years. A sociologist by training, her early work helped to spark the shift from "oral-only" deaf education to the acceptance of sign language. She is the author of numerous books and articles about deafness and child development. Patricia El...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:July 28, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195147901

ISBN - 13:9780195147902

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1. Meadow-Orlans, Erting, and Moores: Introduction2. Meadow-Orlans, Koester, Spencer, and MacTurk: Theoretical Rationale for the Longitudinal Study3. Meadow-Orlans: Participant Characteristics and Research Procedures4. Koester, Traci, Brooks, Karkowski, and Smith-Gray: Mother-Infant Behaviors at 6 and 9 Months: A Microanalytic View5. Koester and Meadow-Orlans: Interactions of Hearing Mothers and 9-Month-Old Infants: Temperament and Infant Stress6. Meadow-Orlans, Dyssegaard and Smith-Gray: Hearing Parents' Reactions to the Identification of Deafness and Cognitive or Motor Disabilities7. MacTurk, Ludwig, and Meadow-Orlans: Mastery Motivation at 9 and 12 Months: Traditional and Non-Traditional Approaches8. Spencer: Mother-Child Interactions at 12 and 19 Months: Effects of the Accessibility of Linguistic Models9. Koester and Meadow-Orlans: Attachment Behaviors at 18 Months10. Spencer: Language at 12 and 18 Months: Effects of Accessibility of Linguistic Models11. Spencer, Swisher, and Waxman: Visual Attention: Maturation and Specialization12. Spencer and Meadow-Orlans: The Development of Play: Effects of Language and Maternal Responsiveness13. Spencer, Meadow-Orlans, Koester, and Ludwig: Relationships Across Developmental Domains and Over Time14. Meadow-Orlans, Spencer, Koester, and Steinberg: Implications for Intervention with Infants and FamiliesReferencesIndex

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"The publication of The World of Deaf Infants could not be more timely for the professionals who are providing services for increasing numbers of infants whose permanent hearing loss is identified early." --The New England Journal of Medicine