Vårdnadshavares språkval till barn med cochleaimplantat – tal, teckenspråk och tecken som stöd En studie om information, inflytande och kommunikationsval

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för neurovetenskap och fysiologi

Sammanfattning: This study concerns the different sources of information legal guardians of children with cochlear implants have come in contact with regarding their preferred choice of communication. There is currently a disagreement about whether children with cochlear implants should use only spoken language, include hand signs or be bilingual; using both spoken and signed language. The aim of this study is to investigate whether the legal guardian´s choice of communication modes are influenced by information sources. Fourteen legal guardians of children with bilateral cochlear implants participated in the study, where a total of ten questions were answered regarding their choice of language, different sources of information and influences; nine quantitative questions and one qualitative. The result of the quantitative part is presented as a descriptive analysis as the low number of participants limited the possibility of a hypothesis testing that could be applicable to the target population. Medical professionals are the biggest source of information for the total study group. However, they do not seem to influence the sign language/speech group as much as they do with the speech and sign supported speech/speech groups. Compared to other medical professionals, the audiologist has a lower influence on the choice of communication in this study group. An analysis of qualitative data describes two ways the respondents aquire information. The qualitative data also suggest a broad variety of recommendations from different information sources and a variety in the legal guardian’s view of the child’s current communication.

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