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Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids

Lawal et al., Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing Aids 2016, 4:2 http://dx.doi.org/10.4172/2375-4427.1000159

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Training Teachers and Parents on Verbal Communication among Children with Hearing Impairment: Preliminary Results from Schools in Kenya Luqman Lawal1*, Mathew Karia2, Chalese Buttars3, Jeffery Larsen3, Wakisa Mulwafu4 and Kaitesi Mukara5 1Division

of Health Policy and management, University of Minnesota School of Public health, MN, USA

2Department

of Special needs, Speech Language Pathology program, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

3Department

of Communicative disorders and deaf education, Utah State University, UT, USA

4Department

of ENT, University of Malawi College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi

5College

of Medicine, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of ENT, University of Rwanda, Rwanda

*Corresponding

author: Luqman Lawal, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public health, MN, USA, Tel: +16513075288; E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: April 21, 2016; Accepted date: May 25, 2016; Published date: June 1, 2016 Copyright: © 2016 Lawal L, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract Purpose: We sought to assess the outcome of training parents and teachers on verbal communication with children that have hearing impairment in selected schools in Kenya. Methods: Four schools with 100 students; aged 5- 18 years were selected for the pilot. Teachers and parents were trained on the use of verbal communication with children with hearing impairment. We utilized a pre-post design and used validated questionnaires for data collection. Results: The proportion of parents that responded that their children could respond to environmental sounds significantly increased from 15.6% (95% CI 6.7, 24.5), to 87.5% (95% CI 79.4, 95.6) (p

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