Question Seven:

"let’s Play at school!"

Fostering socialization between hearing and hearing impaired children at school


Antia, S. (1985). Social integration of hearing impaired children: Fact or fiction?Volta Review, Oct/Nov., 279-289.

Antia, S. and Kreimeyer, K. (1996). Social interaction and acceptance of deaf or hard-of-hearing children and their
    peers.:A comparison of social skills and familiarity-based interventions, Volta Review, 98, 157-180.

Antia, S., Kreimeyer, K. and Eldredge, N. (1993). Promoting social interaction between young children with hearing
    impairments and their peers. Exceptional Children, 60, 262-275.

Higgens, P. and Nash, J. (1996). Understanding Deafness Socially: Continuities in Research and Theory. Charles C.
    Thomas, Springfield, Ill.

Honig, A. and Thompson, A. (1999). Parent information: Helping toddlers with peer group entry. Retrieved June 17,
    1999 from the World Wide Web: http:www.zerotothree.prg/peer.html

Lederberg, A., Ryan, H., and Robbins, B. (1986). Peer interaction in young deaf children: The effect of partner
    hearing status and familiarity. Developmental Psychology, 22, 691-700.

Summary of findings:



Teachers can play an important role in the social skill development of all children, but especially with the interaction between hearing children and hearing impaired children. Their organization of the classroom, choice of toys and activities, as well as promotion of positive interaction will aid the development of the important skills necessary for social development. If students are placed in small groups or one-to-one situations with students that are motivated to communicate and work with them, children, all children will experience such a growth in understanding. Social skill development is vital to the emotional well being of all children. Children will benefit from this early intervention in the area of social skills for the duration of their educational career, as early attitudes carry over to later years.

Additional Resources: : articles on the social development of children

Kemple, K. (1991). Understanding and facilitating preschool children’s peer acceptance.
    Retrieved July 20, 1999 from the World Wide Web:
Schloss, P. and Smith, M. (1990). Teaching Social Skills to Hearing Impaired Students.
    Washington, D.C. Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf Press.

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