Many deaf children have delayed language development that would greatly affect their future academic success (Marschark, Lang, & Albertini, 2002). Information given by professionals to parents could be a significant factor in overcoming this delay. To assess the quality of this information six parents of deaf children in the Rochester NY area, three deaf parents and three hearing parents were selected to participate in an interview and survey. After the data was examined, it was found that the majority of the parents in this study felt that the information they received from professionals concerning their child's language development was adequate but could use further improvements. These parents posted suggestions on possible ways that might help make the experience of working with professionals easier. More widespread research needs to be done on this topic, and possibly a guideline for professionals on how to work with parents of deaf children could be developed. Hopefully, this would help parents make easier and better decisions, which could ensure a more successful future for the deaf child.

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Christie, Karen

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Bateman, Gerald


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