Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Research Sponsor

Dr. K. Todd Houston

First Reader

Dr. Terry Hallett

Second Reader

Dr. James Steiger

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to create a foundation for the analysis of early intervention programs for children ages birth to three, with hearing loss. By providing a guide into intervention currently available in the state of Ohio following the public law requirements, parents of children with hearing loss will be better informed and more capable of providing tools to help their children excel. This paper will simplify the language of Ohio public laws regarding services for hearing impaired individuals, explain the benefits of early intervention, and present information on how to locate resources in each county. The paper will conclude with a request to bring more services that are easily accessible for the families and assurance that the tools will be given to ensure the success of improving the quality of life of these children. It will also serve as a platform for other researchers to build upon for future research projects on the topic.

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