Family perceptions of early hearing, detection, and intervention systems: listening to and learning from families

Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2003;9(2):89-93. doi: 10.1002/mrdd.10064.


As universal newborn hearing systems (screening, diagnosis, intervention) are being established around the world, the success of children who are identified to be deaf and hard of hearing is critically impacted by parent's reactions, acceptance, and advocacy for their child. It is imperative for professionals who are creating systems for Early Hearing, Detection, and Intervention to understand and learn from families' experiences in order to improve this process. This manuscript will identify the areas in which parents have spoken out about the professionals they have encountered through the system: what parents wish for in a healthy, productive relationship with professionals; and how parents can play a part in advocating for a system in which families needs are met so that infants identified to be deaf or hard of hearing can reach their full potential.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child Advocacy / psychology
  • Deafness / physiopathology
  • Deafness / psychology*
  • Early Intervention, Educational*
  • Family*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Life Change Events*
  • Persons With Hearing Impairments / psychology*
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Social Perception*