School Professionals Working with Children with Cochlear Implants

Plural Publishing
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This comprehensive resource for school-based professionals who work with the increasing number of children with cochlear implants, focuses on giving the reader critical background information. It begins with the history, technology, and functionality of cochlear implants. It covers the changes seen in the populations now utilizing these devices and describe how the impact of having an implant can affect a child. Finally, it highlights how the clinician and team providing services can best address each child's individual needs. Special consideration is given to the multidisciplinary team and the culture of collaboration: handling the effects of family influence and participation, issues of special populations (such as non-English-speaking parents), and providing services that best address individual children's needs.

Throughout the text, the authors address new questions and issues resulting from the rapidly evolving technology. The authors detail the effects of more and younger children receiving cochlear implants entering into school systems and discuss the emerging and increased role of the speech pathologist. The book is the ideal guide and supplies the school professional with tools for providing the best possible direction and options for children with cochlear implants.

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About the author

Patricia M. Chute, EdD, is Professor and Chair of the Division of Health Professions at Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, New York. 

Mary Ellen Nevins, is Cochlear Implant Specialist, Private Practice, Michigan, and was formerly Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Deafness at Kean University, New Jersey.

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Publisher
Plural Publishing
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Published on
Dec 31, 2006
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Pages
239
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ISBN
9781597568159
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Language
English
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Genres
Medical / Audiology & Speech Pathology
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This content is DRM protected.
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