Responses to a parent questionnaire served as the basis for assessing the impact of Total Communication (TC) upon social, emotional, and educational growth, as well as upon speeehreading, and speech and hearing aid use. This study was restricted to parents whose hearing-impaired children had initially been enrolled in an aural/oral program for a minimum of 2 years and then subsequently had been in a TC class in a day school setting for at least 2 years. Results indicate a significant correlation between parents' overall perception as to the benefits of TC and their perception of their children's educational and emotional growth. Further, most parents did not perceive the use of TC as adversely affecting speechreading, speech production, or hearing aid use.Submitted on June 7, 1983
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