Journal article

Hearing in the early childhood setting: Children's perspectives

Laura McFarland, Lysa Dealtry

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF EARLY CHILDHOOD | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

THIS STUDY INVESTIGATED CHILDREN’S perspectives on their hearing during group activities in a preschool setting. A case study design framed by a children’s participatory rights perspective was used. The sample included 69 children aged three to five years in a regional Australian preschool. Children completed self-report booklets about their hearing. Parents completed surveys indicating children’s health conditions and identified hearing issues. Results suggest that children have most difficulty hearing while other children are talking and when sitting at the back of the mat, and that most children who report hearing difficulties during group time have not been formally identified with a hea..

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