Year of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
College of Education & Allied Health
Collaborative High Impact Instruction
Education and Special Education
Dr. Jamie Doronkin
Dr. Sarah Huisman
Dr. Catherine Schroy
Dr. Uma Soman
deaf, hearing loss, early intervention, caregivers, qualitative, parental experiences
While caregivers’ personal experiences in the newborn hearing screening and diagnosis period have been documented extensively in the literature, there has been limited investigation into their learning in early intervention. This qualitative study sought to understand the lived experiences of caregivers with young children with hearing loss who took part in early intervention services. To do this, 15 caregivers participated in semi-structured, in-depth, qualitative interviews. From these interviews, six themes were uncovered. The themes were: benefits of intervention, barriers to intervention and carry-over of learning, changes to interactions with child, areas of additional needs and wants, caregiver advocacy, and what-ifs. These themes were further divided into many subthemes that reflected the significant statements of the caregivers. Based on the findings, an organizational improvement plan was created to strengthen the areas of need as reflected in the study data.
Open Access Dissertation
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Jensen, Melissa D., "Caregiver Experiences in the Implementation of Learning in Early Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss" (2023). All Theses, Dissertations, and Capstone Projects. 625.