Development of communication skills in children with hearing impairment (HIC) is one of the major goals of rehabilitation for these children. Information about current trends and communication status of HIC is a prerequisite for communication skill-building plan development. For the exploration of the current communication status of HIC studying in public special education institutes of Punjab, a survey was conducted. Two-stage cluster sampling was used to get data from teachers working in 30 randomly selected institutes. A self-developed questionnaire (Cronbach alpha, 0.8) was mailed to get data. SPSS was used for quantitative analysis of data obtained from 107 questionnaires containing information about 886 HIC studying in the special schools. Sign language was found as a common mode of communication. Those using an oral mode of communication were at the word level. The aural approach of teaching was getting acceptance from the teachers. Provision of hearing aid and improvement in speech therapy services were recommended.
1-Hina Noor Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan2-Farkhunda Rasheed Choudhary Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, Pakistan. 3-Tariq Javed SST, Federal Government Public School No. 2 (Boys), Tariqabad, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.
Communication, Children with Hearing Impairment, Special Schools, Punjab, Special Education Teacher