Sue Archbold
The education of deaf children: over twenty years of cochlear implantation. So what?

Cochlear implantation in children began over twenty years ago: comparatively recently compared with the long history of deaf education. In this short time, the process has gone from being highly controversial to being accepted provision for deaf children. Why?

This presentation will review the evidence of outcomes from implantation in a range of domains, and what is currently known of the influences on progress.  While deaf children are a highly heterogeneous group, and up to 40% of deaf children are likely to have an additional disability, children with implants are a group which has been intensively studied over the years. The controversial nature of implantation in children and it being a surgical procedure led to long-term studies being undertaken, many of which were as rigorous as possible with such a group.  More deaf children are now in mainstream schools, using spoken language as their main means of communication and to access the curriculum, and showing improved literacy and educational attainments. Finally, we will discuss what we know of the current and future challenges for deaf education in managing this growing group in a technological era.

“Educating diverse learners: many ways, one path”?






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