Dear Parents,

Here are two great opportunities to share your experiences with other parents and professionals to help children diagnosed with hearing loss in the future.   

My name is Emily Garrett and I am a doctoral student in the Department of Audiology at Towson University.  As part of the research for my doctoral thesis, I am conducting a survey to evaluate parental experiences with services received during the diagnosis and intervention for their child with hearing loss.

Please take the time to fill out this survey regarding your experiences with the services provided for the management of your child's hearing loss.  Answers from this survey will allow me, as a future pediatric audiologist, to shape my care and services to best fit the needs of the children and their families.  I would like to be able to provide the best possible care as well as educate and encourage my future colleagues to do the same.  I am hopeful that this study will educate otherer professionals and prompt them to make changes in their interactions with families.  This program is more successful when there is parental involvement, positive parent/professional relationships and open lines of communication.  Your valuable feedback is the only way to be able to effectively make a difference in the care and services for future children and families who will be participating in diagnostic and early intervention services.

The survey can be found at:

Thank you for your time and consideration,


Emily Garrett, Doctoral Student, Towson University

Survey of Parental Experiences with 

Early Childhood Services

for their Child with Hearing Loss  

(Towson University)


      I am writing to request assistance recruiting parents of deaf children aged 6-10 for my doctoral dissertation.       Allow me to briefly explain my project. I am using online parent report surveys to study the manner in which parents teach their deaf children to regulate their emotions and what role parent-child communication plays in this process.  I know that every family is highly individual and I am seeking to capture that individuality by asking parents to report on the kinds of behaviors and actions they engage in when helping their child cope with strong emotions.  The project has been approved by the Gallaudet University Internal Review Board.  All data collection is done over the internet and is completely confidential.

       I sincerely appreciate your assistance in this matter.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Amy M. Letteri, M.A.

Doctoral Student

Clinical Psychology Gallaudet University