Raising and Educating a Deaf Child

International experts answer your questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by the parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Question from K.H., Arkansas

I am seeking current information on research based practices for children who are autistic and deaf.

Question from K.H., Arkansas. Posted April 1, 2012.
Response from Marc Marschark - NTID

This is an important topic, especially with recent data indicating a dramatic increase in the rate of autism diagnoses in the United States. However, research involving deaf children with autism is exceedingly rare, and educational research even rarer. At present, your best source of information (and references) would be Van Dijk, R., Nelson, C., Postma, A., & van Dijk, J. (2010). Assessment and intervention of deaf children with multiple disabilities. In M. Marschark and P. Spencer (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of deaf studies, language, and education (Vol. 2). New York: Oxford University Press.