August 1951

If You Have a Deaf Child: Collection of Essays by Individual Authors.

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Published for the Illinois Annual School for Mothers of Deaf Children. Price, $0.75. Pp. 134, with scattered sketches and photographs. University of Illinois Press, Administration Bldg., Urbana, Ill., 1949.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(2):258. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040271021

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This booklet organizes the important material relating to the complex problems of understanding, rearing and beginning the education of the preschool deaf child with whom communication through hearing is difficult, if not impossible. The subject of the deaf child is covered in three sections: (1) training of children in general, (2) training of deaf children in particular and (3) schools, agencies and publications.

The first section includes discussions by a pediatrician, a nursery school worker and a child psychiatrist on the physical, intellectual and emotional development of "normal" children. It emphasizes the fact that the deaf child is a child first and always. Behavior to be expected of all children is outlined.

The second section covers specific points made by an otologist, an audiologist, a language specialist, a clinical psychologist and a teacher of the deaf. Structure, function, disturbances of the ear, hearing aids, development and training of speech patterns,

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