It has been reported that early intervention is an important aspect in the early educational management of hearing impaired children. Early intervention programs are designed to enhance development, minimize potential delays, prevent further deterioration in children and promote adaptive family functioning.
The present study examined the effectiveness of an auditory/oral early intervention program for the educational management of hearing impaired children. This program highlighted best practice in its management of hearing impaired children. This program emphasized the integration of the hearing impaired children with their hearing peers, conversational interaction to promote auditory/oral skills, family centered practice and collaboration of professionals in its interdisciplinary approach. The high level of satisfaction responses from the families in relation to the services provided by the program indicated that clearly this program is one that uses best practice for the hearing impaired children and families.