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November 1982

Hard of Hearing Children in Regular Schools

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(11):755. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790590077027

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Public Law §94-142, passed in 1975, mandates an appropriate education for all handicapped children in a setting that is the least restrictive for each child. The increased number of hearing-impaired children being educated in regular schools since that time has led to an enhanced awareness of their specialized needs. These requirements can no longer be limited to those of an educational nature alone in children having potentially useful audibility. Ways to ensure that residual hearing is maximally used must also be considered. These two books exemplify the integration of these important goals in effectively planning for the treatment of hearing-impaired children in educational environments.

Both books follow similar patterns of organization. Normal and abnormal aspects of audition are reviewed, including evaluative techniques and programs of identification that are appropriate for preschool-aged and school-aged children. The effects of impaired audition on speech and language development and educational achievement are emphasized. Individual

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