SAERA: Advanced Education and e-Learning

By Alinane Mtonya Malili , audiology technician and student of the Master in Clinical Audiology and Hearing Therapy

Abstract

This study investigates factors contributing to low involvement of parents or caretaker in auditory training programs for hearing impaired children. The study focuses on some of the reasons that cause parents not to be involved in auditory training. The purpose of this phenomenological study is to know and deeply understand the experiences and feelings of the participants as well as to identify the obstacles so that parents, educators, stakeholders and the government can take action.

The research is qualitative in nature and a phenomenological design, carried out in Lilongwe city. The study involves nine participants, including special needs teachers and parents. It involves special needs teachers due to lack of speech therapists and audiologists in Malawi.

They are the ones handling children with special needs, including those with hearing impairment. In this study data was collected using interview questions and observations.

The results of this study show that there is a relationship between auditory training and parental involvement. There are contributing factors to low participation of children and parents in auditory training which are influenced by poverty, attitude of parents, civic education, accessibility of auditory training centers, qualifications of special needs teachers and the role of community and government on auditory training. Parents, stakeholders and government must work together, campaign for awareness on the goodness of auditory training sessions for hearing impaired children. Establishment of more community based auditory centers. Both the government and stakeholders should introduce in-service trainings to equip those who are already in the system (e.g. special needs teachers and supporting staff, speech therapists, audiology assistants).

Problem Statement: Factors contributing to low participation or involvement of parents or
caretakers and children in auditory training sessions in Malawi.

Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the factors that contribute to low involvement of parents or caretakers and children in auditory training sessions in Malawi, Lilongwe in particular.

Keywords: Audiology, Malawi, Auditory Training, Parental Involvement, Caretaker Involvement,

Download the full research study here: Alinane Mtonya Malili (2021). Relating Auditory Training and Parental or Caretaker Involvement in Lilongwe, Malawi. SAERA

 

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