The effects of genetic hearing impairment in the family by Lesley Jones (Editor) Dafydd Stephens (Editor)

By Lesley Jones (Editor) Dafydd Stephens (Editor)

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Children whose parents had at least some hearing difficulties were reported by teachers to be more likely to use British Sign Language (BSL) and their IMPACT FOR CHILDREN OF A FHHI 31 parents reported that they were more likely to use BSL and Signed Supported English (SSE). Parents and teachers both reported such children to have better understanding of BSL and SSE than the children of parents with no hearing difficulties. The children of parents with hearing difficulties were also reported to have higher levels of educational achievement as measured by academic abilities, Key-stage attainments, and participation and engagement in education.

3). Approximately twice as many children were reported to have a sibling or siblings with some hearing difficulties (N = 246), compared to the number of children with siblings who were reported to be totally deaf (N = 128). 4), as previously described. In all analyses, children with parents and/or siblings with hearing difficulties (each of Groups I to IV) are compared with children with hearing parents and siblings (Group V). 05) are summarised in the text. 5). COMMUNICATION SKILLS Parents and teachers both reported more use of BSL and SSE among children with 1 or 2 deaf parents (Group I).

Perceive and produce BSL and SSE better (in the judgements of teachers); exhibit poorer perception of speech (in the judgement of teachers); have poorer auditory receptive abilities (in the judgements of parents); exhibit increased use of BSL and SSE (in the judgement of both parents and teachers); 5. display slightly, but significantly, higher academic abilities (in the judgement of parents), together with an older reading age and more engagement in the process of education (in the judgements of teachers); 6.

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