Social Support Service Preferences of Parents and Caregivers of Children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing
This is a two-phase study to develop and distribute a survey to parents and caregivers of children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. The goal is to determine if the parent or caregiver's philosophical approach to educating their child impacts their preferences for support service delivery. Phase 1 of this study includes conducting six needs assessments with audiologists, support service leaders, and parents/caregivers of children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. These interviews along with a review of current research on the topic will lead to the development of a survey about the population's preferences for the logistics, content, and composition of support services for themselves. The survey will then be distributed to a cohort of parents and caregivers. Responses from this survey will give insight into what this population is looking for from support services for themselves. Eventually, we hope to be able to discuss the results of the cohort as a whole as well as make generalizations about similarities and differences in the preferences of parents and caregivers as they relate to the educational philosophy. We hope this data will allow educational settings to better meet population preferences.