Experience of Minority Mothers with Early Childhood Deaf Education Programs

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This qualitative investigation examines the experiences of eight mothers or female guardians of hearing-impaired children with their children’s deaf education programs. All the research participants were members of linguistic or cultural minority groups living in the greater New York Metropolitan area. The analysis of the data revealed the intense responsibility that rests on these women for the education of their hearing-impaired children.


“Clearly, parents who read these stories can be inspired by these individuals as role models, people who dared to support their children in the best manner that they could.” - Christine M. Ita, Psy.D., School Psychologist, Lexington School for the Deaf

“This study is very interesting for parents as well as educators in the field of Early Childhood and Deaf Education. I am going to use this information with my Early Childhood Special Education classes and recommended it also to my colleagues and other researchers in the field.” - John G. Siolas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education, Tuoro College, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

“Dr. Kommatea’s research, insights and experience make her book not only a must read for the parents of hearing impaired children but also for all stakeholders in the educational process.” - Dr. Robert Brasco, Director of the Professional Developmental Center, School of Education, St. John’s University

Table of Contents

Preface by Christine M. Ita, Psy.D.
1 Background and Design of the Study
2 Review of Research about Parent Involvement in Deaf Education
3 The Stories the Parents Tell
4 Cross-Case Analysis: Themes and Meta-Themes
5 Discussion of the Findings
Appendix: Letter to Parents

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