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4:10 Thursday, October 17, 2002

Parents of Deaf Children with Cochlear Implants

Library Journal extols Patricia M. Chute and Mary Ellen Nevins The Parents Guide to Cochlear Implants in its September 2002 issue, saying, For parents trying to decide whether or not their child would benefit from a cochlear implant (CI) (not all children are suitable candidates), this guide by two specialists in the education of deaf children is a much-welcomed aid. It explains the process of evaluation, device options, the surgery itself, what to expect at switch-on, CI limitations, ways to enhance language development and learning at home, school issues, and individual childrens variations in response to perceived sounds.” You can read the complete review here.

Authors Chute and Nevins also include brief stories by parents whose children have had implants that provide reassuring actual experiences to parents considering the procedure for their own child. In addition, you will find a rich source of resources in the appendices. Read more in chapter five, The Post-Implantation Stage: Initial Switch-On and Counseling about Device Maintenance, and order The Parents Guide to Cochlear Implants at your exclusive subscriber discount of 20% off the regular price.

“Christiansen and Leigh (both of whom are themselves Deaf) finally bring a voice of reason to a very emotional issue,” states CHOICE about Cochlear Implants in Children: Ethics and Choices. “This is an invaluable asset for families researching options for their deaf children and should be required reading for professionals assisting them in their decision. Cochlear Implants begins with a history of their development and an explanation of how implants convert sound into electric impulses that stimulate the brain, and concludes with sage observations and recommendations for parents and professionals that complete it as the essential book on the pros and cons of this burgeoning technology. Click here to read the complete review. To find out more about this title, read chapter five, The Cochlear Implant Center, Surgery, and Short-Term Post-Implant Outcomes, and order Cochlear Implants in Children.

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